This artist's concept shows microscopic crystals in the dusty disk surrounding a brown dwarf, or 'failed star.' The crystals, made up of a green mineral found on Earth called olivine, are thought to help seed the formation of planets.
Olivine is a mineral uncommon at the earth’s surface but abundant in the upper mantle. Gem quality olivine is called peridot. Olivine is thought to crystallize early in the formation of basalt, as in this example (left) from Hawaii.
Galaxies light up the night sky in amazing cosmic vista Can you spot the Milky Way and its closest neighbor, Andromeda, in this stunning vertical panorama? Mway and in upper left corner is it the Andromeda ?
Cotton Candy Nebula - The nebula known as complete with sparkly star clusters embedded in fluffy pink clouds of gas. This exceptionally energetic star-forming region, also known as the Bean Nebula, extends over light-years in the Large Magellanic Cloud.