Saturn’s blings: Diamonds may float in the planet’s atmosphere

Diamonds are plentiful in space, and could even be a form of psuedo-precipitation on Saturn and Jupiter.

(Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech)

One day in the future, it may take more than an ordinary Earth diamond to impress your sweetheart, especially when the truly elite show their love with precious gems plucked from the atmosphere of Saturn or Jupiter.

Given the fact that diamonds are known to be created by the extreme heat and pressure present in the Earth’s mantle — and perhaps in the hands of certain superheroes — some have wondered whether the high pressures found in the atmospheres of the gas giants could also be creating mad bling.

Mona Delitsky of California Specialty Engineering in Flintridge, along with Kevin Baines of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, say they believe it is possible that such atmospheric diamond factories do exist in our solar system. They laid out their argument earlier this month at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences in Denver.

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