If someone tells you that diamonds can fall from above just like raindrops, you will probably call him crazy. But perhaps we can all agree that the Universe is a pretty weird place. It’s teeming with threats, but at the same time, it could also be teeming with life. Some exoplanets might even be teeming with diamonds falling from above – surely that sounds like paradise, especially for the ladies, but it might also be possible in this physical reality as well.
That scenario could be possible on exoplanets made mostly of ice and located in our own Milky Way galaxy, according to a new study that CNET tells us about. The new experiments causing scientists to come to such a wild hypothesis could even lead to a new way to produce nanodiamonds.
Raining with diamonds could represent something common in the Milky Way
The new study even says that raining with diamonds might actually be something common in our Milky Way. That could be happening on giant ice planets such as Neptune or Uranus, the two planets from our Solar System.
Benjamin Ofori-Okai, a SLAC scientist and collaborator, explained as CNET quotes:
The way nanodiamonds are currently made is by taking a bunch of carbon or diamond and blowing it up with explosives,
Laser production could offer a cleaner and more easily controlled method to produce nanodiamonds.
The scientists used previous experiments and added a PET plastic in the equation that’s similar to the ice planets’ chemistry.
As you’ve probably already guessed, the hypothesis for remote worlds to exist where it rains diamonds isn’t new at all.
Neptune and Uranus are also big planets in the Solar System. Uranus is the third largest, after Jupiter and Saturn. As for Neptune, it’s the fourth-largest.