No, not that Spitzer, the IMPORTANT one, NASA's Space Telescope - named after Dr. Lyman Spitzer, Jr., the first scientist to propose putting high-powered scopes in space. Anyway, here's the news:
The super-sensitive infrared eyes of Spitzer have picked up billions and billions of DIAMONDS in space, so rare on earth. Although tinier than a grain of sand, their presence in space could help provide valuable insights into how carbon-rich molecules develop in the cosmos. CARBON is the basis for life on earth.
They could looksomething like this. Diamonds are formed deep inside the earth under emmense pressure and high temperatures, while space diamonds are found in cold, molecular clouds where pressure are billions of times lower, and temperatures reach -400 F. Very different!
This discovery can teach us about how the basic ingredients for life as we know it formed in space.
Some details courtesy of Spitzer Science Center, NASA.