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A diamond in the sky Amar Chandel Diamonds are forever But they are not for everyone given their fabulous cost Just because you love them does not mean you can have them For all those who dream of possessing a real large rock Valentine Day this year came with a wish fulfilment Scientists have discovered a huge sparkler It is a 10000000000000000000000000000000000 carat giant that is 1 followed by 34 zeroes Definitely too big to wear but still real enough By way of comparison it can be said that the largest diamond on earth happens to be the 530-carat Star of Africa which is party of the Crown Jewels of England It was cut form the largest diamond ever found on earth a 3100-carat gem This 10 billion trillion trillion carat cosmic jewel is a chunk of crystallised carbon 4000 km across and weighing five million trillion trillion pounds It is 50 light-years from the earth in the constellation Centaurus That means that if you can somehow rig up a rocket which travels at a speed of about three lakh km per second - an impossibility considering that the space shuttles of today travel at about 5 km per second -- you can reach the gem in half a century At todays achievable speed the coveted star is only 30 lakh years away if you can find enough fuel that is Its the mother of all diamonds says astronomer Travis Metcalfe of Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics who leads a team of researchers that discovered the giant gem Some people refer to it as Lucy in a tribute to the Beatles song Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds The newly discovered cosmic gem technically known as BPM 37093 is actually a crystallised white dwarf the hot core of a star left over after the star uses up its nuclear fuel and dies It is made mostly of
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