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 Release No.: 04-07 This Valentine's Day, Give The Woman Who Has Everything The Galaxy's LargestDiamond
For Release: Friday, February 13, 2004

Sun-like starAstronomers have discovered a diamond star weighing 10 billiontrillion trillion carats. The cosmic gem is the crystallized carbon core ofa white dwarf star.Credit: Travis Metcalfe and Ruth Bazinet, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

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Although hidden inside the core of a white dwarf, a cutaway view ofthe diamond star would show quite a sparkle! Credit: Travis Metcalfe, Christine Pulliam, and Ruth Bazinet, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

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