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How Big is Your Rock?

How Big is Your Rock?

If Frank Speener is planning on proposing any time soon, he’s going to put every man on earth, or perhaps in the universe, to shame.

The 53-year-old Illinois graphic designer filed a formal declaration of legal claim with the United Nations for the largest diamond in the known universe a.k.a. BPM 37093. The crystallized white dwarf star is located a convenient 50 light years from earth in the constellation just a hop skip and a jump from the Southern Cross.

“It’s no joke,” Speener told Pravda News. “There is nothing in the law that prohibits private ownership of any celestial body. It’s just something that’s not done everyday. I just wanted to be the first to do it."

The star’s chemical make up is essentially that of a 10 billion trillion trillion (yes, that’s TWO trillions) carat diamond. If you’re kicking yourself for letting Speener beat you to the celestial punch, don’t fret. You still have hope if you want to give your future spouse a sliver of the universe. For $50 you can name a star after your loved one with the International Star Registry, or you can join the more than 3 million people who have staked their claim on lunar property on LunarEmbassy.com. [Pravda]

Posted: 6/18/08