Is there a real place in the universe that has diamonds pouring down from the skies? Yup, there is. And it is now confirmed by scientists.
Experts now agree that Neptune's 'Diamond Rain' is real
Science Alert reported on Monday, June 29, about a place that could give you a thousand pieces of diamonds in an instant way. You don't have to sell anything or put some extra magic. There is really an actual place that happens in this phenomenon. Unfortunately, it is not from Earth. It's from planet Neptune.
It was a popular belief that planet Neptune has a distinct characteristic: it could rain thousands of diamonds in the skies though it is not surprising.
Neptune is one of the 'ice giants' in the Solar System, along with the planet Uranus. They are called like this since their outer two layers consist of compounds that include hydrogen and helium.
The bluish color of both planets is also due to the methane traces around their atmosphere-- proving that they have cold ices in their insides. If that's the case, could the 'diamond rain' be real? Experts said yes!
Here's the hypothesis
The experts believe that the intense heat and temperature below the surface of the ice giants split the hydrocarbon compounds. In this way, the carbon will be compressed into a diamond and will sink even deeper towards the planetary cores.
This conclusion was made with the use of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) X-ray laser. Since the planet also has methane, it was suggested that once it breaks down-- the diamond rain occurs from the dense material.
"We now have a very promising new approach based on X-ray scattering," said physicist Dominik Kraus at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf in Germany that led the experiment. "Our experiments are delivering important model parameters where, before, we only had massive uncertainty. This will become ever more relevant the more exoplanets we discover."
"In the case of the ice giants we now know that the carbon almost exclusively forms diamonds when it separates and does not take on a fluid transitional form," Kraus said.
So can we get there to see it?
If your passion is to collect expensive diamonds, or just wanted huge extra money, here's sad news. You can't just go to Neptune to catch the diamond rain.
The 1989 space mission called Voyager 2 was the only reference of our knowledge with the planet Neptune. And it is already quite a big success for the planet Earth.
NASA said that Neptune is more than 30 times as far from the Sun as Earth. The planet is too far from us that it is the only planet that is not visible to the naked eye.
Maybe, diamonds could be forever... in Neptune.