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Subject: Does a star become a diamond after it dies?

Date: Thu Jun 29 18:08:41 2006
Posted by Valerie
Grade level: undergrad School: Western Washington University
City: Bellingham State/Province: WA Country: USA
Area of science: Astronomy
ID: 1151629721.As

My astronomy professor told me that as hot, luminous stars leave the main
sequence their cores have converted all of the hydrogens to heliums and the
heliums start bonding to create heavier metals. This goes on until the star is
nothing but a dence ball of carbon. Does this mean that there are planet-sized
diamonds floating around in space?

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