Nebula Trapped Inside A Stone

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This is nothing but just a stone. Not even a picture of a stone with a Hubble Space Telescope picture inserted over it. Not a hologram made with some piece of glass inside. Not a gateway to alternative dimension. Just a stone. It's like a spacetime magician detained a piece of the Cosmos and confined it inside a stone.

This normal stone is an opal. A "very fine American contraluz opal present" in Opal Butte, Oregon, according to Bonhams, the auction house which sold it last May for about $20,000. Their clarification says that the 4.6 x 4.4 x 1-centimeter gemstone is a "clear, transparent crystal body creating a fine, firey play-of-color that is gem quality.” For myself, I find it more attractive than any diamond or valuable gem.



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