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Andromeda in a new light Two European space observatories teamed up to produce this image of the Andromeda Galaxy, which was released on Jan. 7. The Herschel space telescope focused on rings of star formation in infrared light, shown here in shades of red and orange. The XMM-Newton probe registered the X-ray emissions from exploding stars, shown here in blue.

Poland's Mysterious Crooked Forest.

The Crowhurst Yew, Surrey, UK | This ancient yew tree is thought to be up to 4000 years old. Despite the trunk being hollow, the tree appears to be in good health. The door was in place before 1850.

This jellyfish is known to be the 'wildest of all creatures' and the most colorful. Little fish swim side-by-side next to this amazing wonder.

The universe is beautiful. NASA Releases Eight Stunning Never-Before-Seen Images of the Cosmos

The planet Neptune is the eighth planet from the Sun and has a thick atmosphere and the fastest winds in the solar system.

Elbaite Tourmaline from Itatiaia District, Minas Gerais, Brazil

“Quite possibly, the purpose of the universe is to provide a congenial home for self-conscious creatures who can ask profound questions and who can probe the nature of the universe itself.” ― Owen Gingerich

Beryl - emerald with pyrite 4.02 carats

Lightning Strike - Sydney Thunderstorm 8th April 2012 By KAM=//=DHATT via Flickr

Elbaite on quartz, Himalaya Mine, San Diego, California

This object is a billowing tower of cold gas and dust rising from a stellar nursery called the Eagle Nebula. 7,000 light-years distant from us, the soaring tower is 9.5 light-years or about 90 trillion kilometers tall. When Swiss astronomer Philippe Loys de Chéseaux discovered the Eagle Nebula in the mid-eighteenth century, he only described the cluster of stars surrounding it. Charles Messier independently rediscovered it in 1764 as part of his catalog, dubbing it M16.

A Delta Aquarid meteor flashes over Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming in July 2008.

Solar PoweredWater Wheel Could Clean Ocean Plastic | IFLScience

Tabular green Uvite on Quartz crystal / Brumado, Bahia, Brazil