On Earth, we experience ordinary rain, but it is very different on Saturn and Jupiter, because on these two planets, it rains “diamond rain.”
“According to experts, diamond showers are all too common on Saturn and Jupiter.”
“American astronomers said that Saturn and Jupiter will rain “diamonds”, and the size of the “diamonds” is also quite good.”
“Saturn and Jupiter are both reportedly gas planets, and new atmospheric data show that they are filled with ‘shiny’ crystalline carbon.”
When lightning strikes methane and converts it into carbon particles, the carbon particles escape the upper atmosphere and begin to fall. As the carbon particles descend, increasing pressure converts the carbon particles into graphite. When the pressure reaches a certain level (usually down a distance of about 4,000 miles) the graphite will transform into diamond.
“New atmospheric data shows that the two planets are filled with shiny crystalline carbon. However, the core temperatures of Saturn and Jupiter are so high that when the “diamonds” fall, they will be melted into liquid.”
Kevin Baynes, a member of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Mona Delitsky, who conducts special engineering research, reported on this new research at the American Astronomical Society meeting.
These diamonds will continue to fall a distance of up to three times the diameter of the Earth to reach the hot, high-pressure core. The temperatures and pressures were so high that scientists suspected the diamonds would melt. These fallen diamonds are usually only half an inch in size. After the diamonds are liquefied, they evaporate again and enter the atmosphere, just like water on Earth, and are ready to form the next diamond rain.
It is still difficult to say whether humans can collect these diamonds, but there is no doubt that we need enough technology to allow humans to safely penetrate deep into the interior of Saturn or Jupiter to collect these diamonds, and bring these collected diamonds back to Earth. This seems unlikely at least at this stage.