Central area of the Milky Way galaxy, released by astronomers at the European Southern Observatory's Paranal Observatory in Chile. The photo shows 84 million stars in an image measuring 108,500×81,500, which contains nearly 9 billion pixels, and is actually a composite of thousands of individual photographs shot with the observatory's VISTA survey telescope.
Mineral Specimen #1472 - Cherry Opal - Jalisco, Mexico - A very large piece of Cherry Opal which formed in a seam. The color is a very attractive bright orange. The luster is so high, especially on one side. In fact, I at first thought it was polished on that side. Please note, there is no fire present in the specimen. - From the Vivian Randall collection - 5.7 x 4.7 x 2.4 cm - 87 g