Rain Check: It’s Raining Diamonds in Four Planets of Solar System

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Is it really possible for a planet to rain diamonds? How lucky could that planet be!

Atmospheric pressure and the gravitational pull of the planet affect the speed of the rain drop. The only reason these variables are not considered is that they’re more or less constant on our planet barring minor changes.

However, its a different case for the other heavenly bodies in our Solar System. In the presence of constant changes,this results in some amazing and unbelievable things happening. A great example would be, did you know that four planets in our solar system experiences diamond rains?

Which of these Planets Rain Diamonds?

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Four planets get to experience this diamond rain. It is a common thing in Uranus and Neptune,but only seldom in some parts of Saturn and Jupiter and that too only on some occasions.

Scientist all know for a fact that diamonds fall in the form of a hailstorm or rainfall on Neptune and Uranus. The knowledge that diamond rain exists was just recently figured out by Scientist.

As an experiment, these scientists replicated and recreated the environment on Saturn and Jupiter in a specifically controlled experiment. Surprisingly, the experiment ended up creating diamonds at the end of this experiment. How do diamonds form as rain on these planets? How did the scientists prove the process?

In general,we all know how Diamonds are formed, diamonds are formed when carbon is put under immense pressure. This is possible in the lab or below the surface of the Earth. In connection to the planets mentioned above, this process takes place in mid-air because of the exceptional intense atmospheric pressure on those planets.

These planets’ atmosphere contains a lot of methane . Due to lightning strikes,methane burns out in the atmospheres of these planets . thus,leaving behind hydrogen and carbon molecules. Carbon starts falling down in the form of soot.

While falling down, the pressure on these soots increases to extremely high levels. This immense pressure leads carbon molecules to compress ending up combining to form graphite. Graphite is an extremely mouldable form of carbon which you most probably know as your pencil’s nibs.

The process continues,these sheets of graphite continue to fall and the pressure continues to rise, due to this process,the graphiteconverts into one centimetre wide diamonds. These diamonds rains continue to fall and survive on Neptune and Uranus.


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