DIAMONDS EXPLAIN THE MYSTERIOUS GLOW IN THE GALAXY
Scientists have revealed diamonds are the reason for the magical glow in the Milky Way.
Diamonds are breathtakingly beautiful from up close and far away. For years it’s been known that a cosmic microwave background is the reason for the ‘sparkle’ in the sky. However, the nature of the source hasn’t been discovered up until now. After 20 years of research, scientists have revealed exquisite diamonds are the reason for the magical glow in the Milky Way. Here’s why some stars appear brighter in the Milky Way than others:
DIAMOND DUST DISCOVERED IN THE SKY
After years of research scientist establish the source of the light coming from the sky.
For more than a decade astronomers have been trying to make sense of the faint microwave light coming from several areas in the Milky Way. The fascinating light, known as AME (anomalous microwave emissions), was known to be from nanoparticles. But what was the nature of the source, and what was causing the light? A burning question that had stargazers puzzled for years.
Today, the long-lasting question has finally been answered thanks to new research from West Virginia’s Green Bank Telescope and the Australia Telescope Compact Array. In a new study, scientists were in search of the AME light within 14 newborn star systems in the galaxy when they stumbled upon unusual levels of AME emitting from several of the cases. Emissions were found, in three of the systems, from the plates of gas and residue that were revolving around the stars. The team of scientists then recognised the exceptional infrared-light marks related with nanodiamonds. Fascinating isn’t it, but how are nanodiamonds responsible for the brighter areas of the Milky Way?
Emissions were found from the plates of gas and residue around the stars.
Due to the interesting course of the atoms in nanodiamonds, they produce radiation while turning, making the enormous gleam that we can view from Earth. “In a Sherlock Holmes-like method of eliminating all other causes, we can confidently say the best candidate capable of producing this microwave glow is the presence of nanodiamonds around these newly formed stars,” said well-known astronomer Jane Greaves.
Nanodiamonds have been known to be components of meteorites that make their way to Earth. But, according to recent findings nanodiamonds can also be found within protoplanetary discs; rings of gas that surround newly formed stars. These protoplanetary discs also consist of components that assist with the formation of new planets and generate high temperature that’s required to produce nanodiamonds. View the full press release of the study here.
FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT NANODIAMONDS
The diamond dust has been known to be a ‘miracle material’.
The remarkable features of a nanodiamond are endless. The diamond dust has been known to be a ‘miracle material’ that will change the future forever. The extraordinary glittering gem might only be an estimated five-nanometers-long, but it’s been known for creating quite a buzz amongst scientists, oncologist and electrical engineers. Here are a few things they’ve been improving over the years:
- Nanodiamonds as a micro-abrasive additive: Nanodiamond powder is used as highly effective polish in the form of gel and paste.
- Nanodiamonds in make-up: Nanodiamonds can now be found in skincare products. Due to their high absorption rate, nanodiamonds help to activate the ingredients, which lead to the products reaching their full potential.
- Nanodiamond assisting with cancer treatment: Nanodiamonds are used to carry chemotherapy drugs through the blood-brain barrier and directly into the brain.
- Nanodiamonds for tooth repairs: Nanodiamonds have the ability to bind bone morphogenetic protein and fibroblast growth factor, changing the way we repair teeth.
- Nanodiamonds and technology: Due to nanodiamonds, quantum computers will be able to work at a very high-speed. Nanodiamonds have the ability to withstand the high temperature, unlike current components that are unable to function under extreme heat.
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