Animation of a slowly rotating planet, with a blue star illuminating it and some nebulae in the background. Camera goes slowly towards the planet and then recedes back to the starting place to give the scene nice parallax. Sun flickers to give it more life.
Scene created in After Effects. Planet texture created in Photoshop using stock photographs and then rendere in Element 3D. The starfield is a Particular particle system. The background nebula is created by fluid-simulating plates of nebulae in 3DS Max and then rendering them out. Then the plates were driven through a Particular particle system in After Effects.