By KALANI CHEN-HAYES, age 9

Image: KQEDQUEST
Image: KQEDQUEST

Scientists at Yale University say they have found a planet 40 Light Years away from Earth whose surface is made up of diamond. The planet has been named 55 Cancri (can-cree). The planet’s radius is twice that of Earth’s and it weighs eight times the mass of Earth. 55 Cancri rotates really fast—its year is just 18 hours. It’s also incredibly hot, with temperatures averaging 3,900 degrees Fahrenheit. With such a blazing climate, it’s unlikely that scientists will ever get up close and personal with this “Diamond Planet” to see exactly how shiny it might be.