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Appearing like a winged fairy-tale creature poised on a pedestal, this object is actually a billowing tower of cold gas and dust rising from a stellar nursery called the Eagle Nebula. The soaring tower is 9.5 light-years or about 90 trillion kilometres high, about twice the distance from our Sun to the next nearest star.
Jeremejevite. Mile 72 near Swakopmund, Namibia Blue jeremejevite is among the rarest of gem minerals and has been found at only two localities, both of them in Namibia. Crystals from the original Namibian find in 1973 remain the finest known examples of the species. This 5.5-cm specimen is the best of the matrix specimens recovered. / Mineral Friends ♥
A new species of lichen from the Ecuadorian rainforest has been found to contain the hallucinogen psilocybin, which is also found in magic mushrooms. It’s the first and only lichen known to be containing this trippy compound. However, scientists are not able to confirm the psychedelic properties of the lichen, as they could not get access to pure reference compounds.
Black Opal is Australia’s national gemstone, and black opal is the rarest and most valuable of its kind, at times selling at prices that rival the best diamonds. The stone must have a rich, black background, but base colors come in all shades of gray, which is why opinions vary on what is a “true” black opal. Found in the Lightning Ridge area in northwestern New South Wales, black opals are natural, solid stones that absorb scattered white light, giving it brilliant spectral c