Above is an stunning image of a white dwarf. This is the last phase in the lifetime of stars similar to our sun.
They look like any other star but something makes these celestial bodies extremely distinctive and fascinating. The reason is that when these white dwarfs cool down over millions of years, a series of dazzling processes undergo within them. Carbon atoms at the heart of these heavenly bodies begin to link together to form crystals and under such momentous pressure, These crystals begin to take the form of diamond.
As billions of years pass by, these dwarfs will grow fainter and fainter. Until they turn into a black dwarf, with an immense diamond the size of a planet at its core.
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10:05:05 @ 8/13/2011