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On what planet does it rain diamonds?

Scientists have calculated that on the massive gas giants planets such as Jupiter and Saturn, there are storms so intense that they could be raining diamonds!

It rains diamonds on Jupiter and Saturn

When the wild weather on these planets rips apart carbon-rich compounds like methane, the carbon atoms get transformed into glittering gems. As these diamonds plunge through the sky, they might encounter even more extreme conditions that cause them to melt or vaporize, creating a dazzling downpour of liquid diamonds. How cool is that?

Even though we can’t see it happening, scientists believe these cosmic gem showers are a result of the wild and wonderful atmospheric conditions on these otherworldly planets. So, the next time you look up at the sky, just imagine the incredible diamond storms unfolding in the far reaches of our solar system!

More space mysteries & answers to your questions about the planets!

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  • Why is Venus Earth’s sister planet?
    Venus is often referred to as Earth’s “sister planet” due to their similar size, composition, and proximity to the Sun. Both planets have nearly the same diameter and mass, and they’re made up of similar rocky materials. Venus and Earth also have substantial atmospheres, though Venus’ is far denser and hotter. However, the similarities largely … continue reading.
  • Why does planet Venus spin backwards?
    If you are wondering why our neighboring planet Venus spins backwards this quick guide will provide more insight. While other planets follow the cosmic dance of rotating in the same direction as they orbit the Sun, Venus dares to be different. It’s a planetary rebel, rotating in the opposite direction, and scientists are still unraveling … continue reading.
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