“Weyland-Yutani” Co. Plans to Send Nostromo to mine the new discovered Diamond Planet … They just better watch out for the Face Huggers …
Move over, Hope Diamond. The most famous gems on Earth have new competition in the form of a planet made largely of diamond, astronomers say.
The alien planet, a so-called “super-Earth,” is called 55 Cancri e and was discovered in 2004 around a nearby star in our Milky Way galaxy. After estimating the planet’s mass and radius, and studying its host star’s composition, scientists now say the rocky world is composed mainly of carbon (in the form of diamond and graphite), as well as iron, silicon carbide, and potentially silicates.
What is the diamond planet worth? The answer: $26.9 nonillion ($26.9 followed by 30 zeros).
That’s a big chunk of change. To put those $26.9 nonillion into perspective, think about the Earth’s GDP – The World Bank estimated global GDP at about $70 trillion in 2011.
The Diamond Planet is worth 384 quadrillion times more than Earth’s GDP. And a mere .0182% of the Diamond Planet’s raw diamonds would handily pay off what the Economist estimates is the $49 trillion in debt held by the world’s governments.
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