NASA | JPL-Caltech | STScI | HubbleSite | 2018 Jan 11
Unprecedented Fly-through Combines the Visible and Infrared Vision of the Hubble and Spitzer Space TelescopesAstronomers and visualization specialists from NASA’s Universe of Learning program have combined visible and infrared vision of the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes to create an unprecedented, three-dimensional, fly-through view of the picturesque Orion Nebula, a nearby star-forming region.
Credit: NASA, ESA, and F. Summers, G. Bacon, Z. Levay, J. DePasquale,
L. Hustak, L. Frattare, M. Robberto (STScI), R. Hurt (Caltech/IPAC),
M. Kornmesser (ESA), A. Fujii; Acknowledgement: R. Gendler
Music: “Dvorak – Serenade for Strings Op22 in E Major larghetto”,
performed by The Advent Chamber Orchestra, CC BY-SA
Viewers experience this nearby stellar nursery “close up and personally” as the new digital visualization ferries them among newborn stars, glowing clouds heated by intense radiation, and tadpole-shaped gaseous envelopes surrounding protoplanetary disks.
Using actual scientific imagery and other data, combined with Hollywood techniques, a team at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, and the Caltech/IPAC in Pasadena, California, has created the best and most detailed multi-wavelength visualization yet of this photogenic nebula. The fly-through enables people to experience and learn about the universe in an exciting new way.
The three-minute movie, which shows the Orion Nebula in both visible and infrared light, was released to the public today. It is available to planetariums and other centers of informal learning worldwide to help audiences explore fundamental questions in science such as, “How did we get here?” ...