Scientists have made a fascinating discovery in space – a star that is undergoing a remarkable transformation into a gigantic diamond. This intriguing celestial object, known as HD 190412 C, is located 104 light-years away from Earth and is currently in the early stages of crystallization, according to a report by Space.
HD 190412 C is a white dwarf star primarily composed of metallic oxygen. White dwarfs are remnants of main-sequence stars, such as the Sun, that have shed their outer layers. In some cases, the core of these stars can transform into a diamond.
This transformation process takes a quadrillion years. Since the age of the universe is approximately 13.8 billion years, diamond stars have not yet fully formed, but some are already starting to undergo this extraordinary metamorphosis. HD 190412 C is believed to be one such object.
With an estimated age of around 4.2 billion years and a temperature of 6,300 degrees Celsius, this star is displaying the early signs of crystallization.