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2004: Largest “Diamond Star” in the Galaxy

2004: Largest “Diamond Star” in the Galaxy
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The BPM 37093 star is around 53 light years distant from Earth. It is estimated that its “diamond” core has a diameter of around 4,000 kilometers. The media compared this to 10 billion trillion trillion carats.

 

On this day in 2004 the Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics discovered the largest “diamond star” found to date in our galaxy. It is the star BPM 37093, located in the Centaurus constellation. It was named a “diamond star” since it is for the most part composed of crystallized carbon. Of course, diamonds are also crystallized carbon, and the BPM 37093 is estimated to contain a mass of crystallized carbon greater than one-fourth of the total mass of our Sun.

 

BPM 37093 is located around 53 light years from Earth. It is estimated that its “diamond” core has a diameter of around 4,000 kilometers. The media compared this to 10 billion trillion trillion carats. There are some estimates that, far in the future, our own Sun will become a white dwarf and go through the process of carbon crystallization, which would also make it akin to a large diamond.

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