Super-Earth planet likely made of diamond

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    UNDATED (Space.com) -- Astronomers say a planet found 40 light years away is likely made of diamonds, says a report from Space.com.

    This so-called "Super-Earth" is called 55 Cancri e and was discovered in 2004 around a nearby star in our Milky Way galaxy.

    The Space.com report says the planet is made up of mostly carbon in the form of diamond and graphite, but at least a third of the planet's mass is pure diamond.

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