Astronomers led by Indian American Nikku Madhusudhan have discovered a giant planet with an atmosphere and core dominated by carbon, raising the prospect that diamond-studded stars may exist. Madhusudan, a Banaras Hindu University (BHU) alumnus now at Princeton University, New Jersey, and his colleagues have observed that an extremely hot planet discovered last year has more carbon than oxygen - a feature never observed on a planet until now.
Dr. Madhusudan is a graduate of the 2002 batch of Mining Engg from IT-BHU. We congratulate him on this achievement. His homepage is at http://www.astro.princeton.edu/~nmadhu/Nikku_Madhusudhan/Home.html