NASA has revealed a stunning video of the Orion Nebula, the 3D footge allows space fans to take a trip through the bright lights. The new images include glowing clouds, tadpole-shaped gas formations and newborn stars.
The video was created by combining visible and infrared imagery from the venerable Hubble Space Telescope, and infrared data from the Spitzer space telescope to create a mixed-spectrum image.
The video was uploaded by the Space Telescope Science Institute on Thursday (January 11). The three-dimensional journey explores the stellar nursery up-close, passing through glowing clouds and newborn stars.
NASA compared data and images from the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescope's to create the experience. Visible to the naked eye, the Orion Nebula is located around 1,350 light-years away and is among the brightest nebulas in the sky, the Space Telescope Science Institute said.
The stunning short movie allows viewers to glide through the picturesque star-forming region and experience the universe in an exciting new way.
“Being able to fly through the nebula’s tapestry in three dimensions gives people a much better sense of what the universe is really like,” explained the Space Telescope Science Institute’s visualization scientist Frank Summers, who led the team that developed the movie.
“By adding depth and structure to the amazing images, this fly-through helps elucidate the universe for the public, both educating and inspiring,” added Summers.
The visualization 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?, said NASA in a news release.
"The main thing is to give the viewer an experiential understanding, so that they have a way to interpret the images from telescopes," explained Summers. "It’s a really wonderful thing when they can build a mental model in their head to transform the two-dimensional image into a three-dimensional scene."