A rocky planet twice Earth’s size, called 55 Cancri e, that orbits a nearby star is likely a diamond planet, according to new research.

55 Cancri e has a radius twice Earth’s and a mass eight times greater, making it a “super-Earth.” It is one of five planets orbiting the sun-like star, 55 Cancri, that is located 40 light years from Earth yet visible to the naked eye in the constellation of Cancer. The planet orbits at hyper speed; its year lasts just 18 hours, in contrast to Earth’s 365 days. It is also blazing hot, with a temperature of about 3,900 degrees Fahrenheit, researchers said, a far cry from a habitable world. 


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