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Diamonds in Space
Sig08 006

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)

Artwork • February 26th, 2008 • sig08-006


This artist's concept shows a multitude of tiny diamonds next to a hot star. Diamonds are abundant in space, but they are tiny - about 25000 times smaller than a grain of sand. Astronomers believe that these tiny particles could provide valuable insights into how carbon-rich molecules, the basis of life on Earth, develop in the cosmos.

About the Object

Nebula > Type > Interstellar Medium