Moonstone, a moderately hard, transparent or translucent gemstone with a pearly or milky luster. Moonstone is a feldspar, either orthoclase (potassium aluminum silicate) or albite (sodium aluminum silicate). The stone is found in all continents except Africa; the best specimens are mined in Sri Lanka. It is the birthstone for June and represents health.
When a star dies, it becomes a black hole. Once something passes through the it's gone for good, never to be seen or heard from again. If we lived next to a black hole, would it suck us in too?
Folks in Montana usually expect snow or rain to fall from the sky, not ash. But the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington flung ash across state lines. What is this gritty, gray stuff?