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The MindHut Guide to Visiting Exoplanets

By Becky Ferreira Jan 30, 2014

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WASP 12-b

Lots of people want to get rich on vacation. They might to Las Vegas to gamble, or visit countries where they can get duty free jewelry. WASP-12b blows all of those destinations out of the water. Simply put: this planet is a giant diamond. Scientists recently discovered that the place reeks of a high carbon-to-oxygen ratio, and that its close orbit with its star has likely compressed the gas giant's core into diamond and graphite. It's like WASP-12b's sun is wearing a cosmic engagement ring.

What to bring: Shovels; boxes; a U-Haul.

Tags: science, slideshows, nature, space, space travel, planets

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Becky Ferreira

Becky Ferreira is a writer, performer, and raptor based in New York.

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