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Monster diamond is Lucy in the sky.

SPACE scientists revealed yesterday that they have found the biggest known diamond in the universe -a 10 billion trillion trillion carat gem.

Astrophysicists in the United States, said they found the massive rock on Valentine's Day,positioned 50 light years away in the constellation Centaurus.

``You would need a jeweller's loupe the size of the Sun to grade this diamond,'' said Travis Metcalfe who led the researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics.

The cosmic diamond is a chunk of crystallised carbon in the core of a white dwarf star.

It is 2,500 miles across and weighs five million trillion trillion pounds, which translates to approximately 10 billion trillion trillion carats,or a one followed by 34 zeros.

``It's the mother of all diamonds,'' saidDr Metcalfe.

``Some people refer to it as Lucy in a tribute to the Beatles song Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.''

The biggest diamond on Earth is the 530-carat Star of Africa which is located in the Crown Jewels.
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Date:Feb 17, 2004
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