24 August 2015 / Blog
From hurricanes to rainbows to winter snow, theres no denying that the weather we experience here on planet earth is quite extraordinary. Some neighboring planets in our solar system, however, experience even crazier weatherin fact, scientists believe that in Neptune and Uranus it literally rains diamonds.
How does this happen? It turns out that the atmospheres in these gaseous giants are composed, in part, of methanewhich is made up of hydrogen and carbon. Diamonds are formed when carbon is exposed to immense amounts of pressure and heatwhich are the norm due to these planets chaotic atmospheres and enormous sizes. Therefore, a series of incredible chemical reactions is constantly taking placeresulting in one of the most remarkable weather events in our entire solar system!