I'm Jasmin and I believe everyone serves simply as part of the universes cycle. We live, we produce ideas, we create, we die and our atoms break down and become something new. We serve as building blocks to the universe. The oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus that make up 99% of our mass become something new. It could be as simple as a flower, or as complex as a newborn star. This blog simply serves as a tribute to science. It may include anything from astronomy/astrophysics to geology to neuroscience to engineering and everything in between. This blog may also include the occasional personal post and rant on capitalism. (and Carl Sagan, can't forget Carl Sagan)
The word opal is adapted from the Roman term opalus.
It is suggested it was adapted it from Ops, the wife of Saturn and goddess of fertility. The portion of Saturnalia devoted to Ops was “Opalia”, similar to opalus.
Opal is a form of silica related to quartz, not a mineral
Opal’s internal structure makes it diffract light; depending on the conditions in which it formed it can take on many colors. Opal ranges from clear through white, gray, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, magenta, rose, pink, slate, olive, brown, and black. Of these hues, the reds against black are the most rare, whereas white and greens are the most common
The lattice of spheres of opal that cause the interference with light are several hundred times larger than the fundamental structure of crystalline silica. As a mineraloid, there is no unit cell that describes the structure of opal.
In the Middle Ages, opal was considered a stone that could provide great luck because it was believed to possess all the virtues of each gemstone whose color was represented in the color spectrum of the opal