Our Sun Will Eventually Turn Into a Multi-Trillion Ton Diamond

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When stars use up their nuclear fuel, they turn into "white dwarf" stars. When white dwarf stars cool down, they crystallize.

In 2004, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics discovered a cooled white dwarf 50 light years away from Earth.

At the core of that cooling star is a diamond 2,500 miles across, which weighs 5 million trillion trillion pounds, or around 2 thousand trillion trillion tons, or approximately 10 billion trillion trillion carats.

As the Harvard-Smithsonian Center explained:


white dwarf is the hot core of a star, left over after the star uses up
its nuclear fuel and dies. It is made mostly of carbon.


more than four decades, astronomers have thought that the interiors
of white dwarfs crystallized, but obtaining direct evidence became
possible only recently.


"The hunt for the crystal core of this
white dwarf has been like the search for the Lost Dutchman's Mine. It
was thought to exist for decades, but only now has it been located,"
says co-author Michael Montgomery (University of Cambridge).


white dwarf studied by Metcalfe, Montgomery, and Antonio Kanaan
(UFSC Brazil), is not only radiant but also harmonious. It rings like a
gigantic gong, undergoing constant pulsations.


"By measuring
those pulsations, we were able to study the hidden interior of the white
dwarf, just like seismograph measurements of earthquakes allow
geologists to study the interior of the Earth. We figured out that
the carbon interior of this white dwarf has solidified to form the
galaxy's largest diamond," says Metcalfe.

Amazingly, according to the Harvard-Smithsonian team, our sun will also eventually become a giant diamond:


Sun will become a white dwarf when it dies 5 billion years from now.
Some two billion years after that, the Sun's ember core will
crystallize as well, leaving a giant diamond in the center of our solar


"Our Sun will become a diamond that truly is forever," says Metcalfe.

High-resolution images and a Quicktime movie on the giant diamond discovery are here.

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Diamond Jim's picture

Re Pope Clement....and the world is still at the center of the universe. Electric universe ??? While the action of the sun is a plasma state, to say that the sun uses no nuclear fuel is to suggest the earth is flat.

wagefreedom's picture

Hey what does Goldman say?

I love you crazy fuckers. 'Cause you're so crazy.


stewie's picture

"A REALLY long-term commodities play?"


Yeah, short diamonds :o)

Pope Clement's picture

"When stars use up their nuclear fuel, they turn into "white dwarf" stars."

GW the assumption of the first sentence is wrong i.e. the sun does not use nuclear fuel. The most recent cutting edge theory is that the power comes from sun being an anode on a galactic electric circuit and that the sun's interior is relatively cool (Google 'Electric Universe' or 'Plasma Universe') for details. So the big diamond is most likely hallucinatory. Not surprising that anyone thinks that the sun is powered by nuclear fusion. It seems that the egoistic silver-backed males who control the information flow of Academe suppress anything that would make a lifetime of forging books, papers and reputation on ferkakta 'dark matter' 'black holes' 'big bang' etc. seem like a lifetime wasted shooting intellectual blanks and BS. Similar to the the scumbags who suppress information on gold because of their vested interest in ponzi paper fiat...

FranSix's picture

I'm more interested in the coldest region of space, but then again, I'm a contrarian.

DarkAgeAhead's picture

Here's another great talk, with what'd I'd refer to as "interesting shit."


Diamond Jim's picture

I just need the vehicle to get there to start my next cutting assignment. Now if "Sudden Debt's" company gets off the ground, maybe I can do the cutting for you guys...........give me a call to discuss my fees....

lexalexander's picture

Arthur C. Clarke claimed in his "2001" sequel "2010" that (spoiler alert) the core of Jupiter consists of a diamond as big as the Earth.

pragmatic hobo's picture

I'm forming a venture capital to explore the possibility of monetizing the Sun's eventual crystlization. Anyone want to get in on ground floor, please let me know.

cbxer55's picture

Guess you believe in reincarnation. Since I do not, and will not be around in 7 billion years, think I'll pass.

Hmmm, wonder what the +/- is on that 7,000,000,000?

MsCreant's picture

You're too worried about reality. Those who sold subprime mortgages weren't (like those loans would really get paid off in 7,000,000,000 years) and they made a fortune. Get wid the ponzi cbxer55.

cbxer55's picture

And what do you know, theres a Zales diamond advertisement on the right sidebar! :-(

thegr8whorebabylon's picture

lol gw,  i needed that.

jms2112's picture

And this relates to economics how???

Nevermind - that was actually kind of cool...

Wyndtunnel's picture

On a long enough timeline....

MrSteve's picture

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star had the scoop on this story at least 50 years ago, so once again, there is nothing new under the Sun. As for pumping sunshine up investors' shorts, I think it was Cheerios who was registering free title for one square inch of the Moon for its couponing customers until some spoilsport quoted a UN treaty in which all Nations (their caps) had equal custody over the Moon and therefore and whereas none had an a priori right to grant legal title.

RockyRacoon's picture

You were right before you capitulated.  It's not like there is a dearth of economic topics to be explored.  More of this off topic (non economic) article posting will attract a wide range of wing nuts and personal agenda (usually racist and ethnophobic) detritus of the web netherworld.  The very core of ZH is being compromised.  There have been some very good ZH folks who have moved on for one reason or another -- and I could venture a guess as to why.

MsCreant's picture

Coons gotta loaded gun and he ain't messing around. No one has the time to do it, but you just might make a decent moderator. You are consistent. I think there should be a little room for OT, and I see the danger you describe. Balance.

RockyRacoon's picture

You've been here as long as I have, Missy.  It appears that you agree to an extent.

Your opinion is highly valued to me.

Gromit's picture

DeBeers don't control it so it's a Blood Diamond!

BlackChicken's picture

Excellent point Gromit !

Diamonds are one of the easiest ways to store/transport large quantities of wealth (when valued against fiat, or little coupons), and a great store of value when they are certified and naturally occurring colored stones.

If you needed to cross a border with a few million, how do you do that discretely with a pallet of silver, gold, platinum etc?  You could place a certified 2 Ct. vivid blue diamond under your tongue and have millions...

The blood diamond psyop was designed to get people to think ALL diamonds are to be avoided.  IMHO, it is greatly superior to having my wealth in little green cupons, certificates of confication, or mark to unicorn equities.

done with them all's picture

I'll take 2

shine on you crazy diamond

Sudden Debt's picture


I'm selling 900 trillion shares at 50$ a piece!



Modern Money Mechanics's picture

Yeah. The most parsimonious description of macroeconomics is the process by which a given entity takes a penny from everyone's pocket as frequently as possible.

Agent P's picture

It used to be women only wanted the moon...wait til word of this gets out.

Grifter's picture

^ Now THAT was funny.

+12.0107 amu

Jim_Rockford's picture

GW - I am surprised you didn't mention that our sun will turn into a Multi-Trillion Ton Diamond with traces of Corexit.  You are slipping.  You must be on the BP payroll, obviously.

gasmiinder's picture

Interesting story MsCreant (seriously)

Question is: Would it be BETTER if that oil were coating coastal marshes (otherwise known as the nurseries for much sealife) and birds and beaches????

MsCreant's picture

If the corexit Jim mentioned is in the water, are those nurseries impacted anyway? Meanwhile, I do wonder if a command decision got made and a "lesser of two evils" was chosen, and it will still be hell (and you can never be sure you chose the lesser of the hells). I'm not here to give anyone a hard time. VERY interesting question.

gasmiinder's picture

I'm absolutely certain it was a "lesser of two evils" decision based on released discussions of the decision process.  And I've seen "post-action" reviews from academic environmental scientists that claim it was clearly the "right" decision from an environmental standpoint.  Who knows where they may or may not be funded and whether we know the true long-term fallout environmentally but it is clear that MAJOR damage was avoided along the coasts in highly sensitive environments.  I'm not here to give anyone a hard time either - I do think a lot of the dispersant discussion here has been in a void regarding what the tradeoffs were.......

Jim_Rockford's picture

Thanks MsCreant.  I read it.  Now I will patiently await GW's cut/paste "as I wrote back in 2005",  and "as I noted in 2007", etc. (ad nauseum) amalgamation of sensationalized BS.  I'm sure he will find a couple of "Top Scientists"  and/or "Top Researchers" to throw in for good measure.  Have a nice day.

Praetor's picture

If people only spent more time working out the wonders of the universe rather than trying to strip mine everyone's wallet the world would be a better place.

Missing_Link's picture

Perhaps, but I'm thinking Zero Hedge would be a better place without crap contributions like this one from GW.

downrodeo's picture

Levity be damned!

WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MsCreant's picture


Ripped Chunk's picture

If you don't like it, don't read it.