The Largest Diamond Engagement Ring in the Universe
Posted in DCLA News, on 14 April 2014, by Michael Cohen

The Universe loves space so much it just went and put a ring on it. Yes, you read that right. A total celestial fluke has allowed astronomers to capture a stunning image of what appears to be a diamond solitaire engagement ring in space.

The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (which surprisingly is exactly what it sounds like) captured a shot of a star and a planetary nebula aligning perfectly to create what must be a world record for 'Universe's Largest Engagement Ring.'

The planetary nebula known as Abell 33 is an offshoot of an enormous star that is in the process of becoming a white dwarf. White dwarfs are ancient stars in their final life stage. They become white-hot and take billions and billions of years to cool down. During this process, the resulting gas clouds sometimes form enormous bubbles  - or sometimes even look a whole lot like an engagement ring.

As for the diamond featuring on this celestial engagement ring, it's probably not one that can be easily graded by our diamond specialists! In an enormous stroke of luck, HD 83535 (not the prettiest name for a star) moved right in front of the Abell 33 gas cloud to form this romantic constellation of gas.

If you own a powerful enough telescope (we're guessing 'very large' is a good place to start!), you might just be able to catch a glimpse of this stunning space diamond engagement ring yourself. Better yet, if you're looking for an unusual proposal idea, the stars may just have aligned for you.

See the whole image below: