Okay then, as requested by a few, here's a walkthrough on how i created the close up planet from my pic "Stagelight" [link]
It is a psd file in a .rar archive. you will need WinRar to unzip it.
the file itself contains a walkthrough of the creation of the planet in 9 steps, plus the scaled down texture + explanations.
I chose to do it in .psd cause you will more easily see what has changed when blending layers in and out, rather than just switching through pictures.