Some Serious Bling


June 10, 2008
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“The largest diamond so far found in the universe is the size of a small planet and located 50 light-years away in the constellation  Centaurus. Astronomers with the Harvard -Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics discovered the gigantic stone a few ears ago and they believe the 2,500-mile-wide diamond once served as the heart of a star. It’s ten billion trillion trillion carats. The astronomers named it Lucy in honor of the Beatles’ song “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.”

— Smithsonian Magazine, June 2008

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Creative Commons License photo credit: Adan Garcia

A ten billion trillion trillion (!) carat diamond, a three-and-a-half-million-year old hominid fossil,  and a multi-million-selling Beatles song. How many more awesome things in the universe are named Lucy, anyway?

Paul
Authored By Paul Bernhard

Paul Bernhard has been actively involved with the Museum’s Wiess Energy Hall for fifteen years, but he still doesn’t know how to assess the influence of the Boycott effect on drilling mud flow, or even how to calculate the Gibbs free energy of PEMFP fuel cells. Nonetheless, due to sheer longevity, Bernhard has become the spokesman for all things energy-related at the Museum. His blog will reflect this.

One response to “Some Serious Bling”

  1. Christina says:

    That ROCKS! (pun intended) 😉

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