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This Incredible Video From NASA Lets You Fly Through A Stellar Nursery

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Jonathan O'Callaghan

Senior Staff Writer

clockJan 15 2018, 18:39 UTC

NASA has released a rather wondrous visualization of what it would be like to fly through the Orion Nebula.

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Using data from the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, scientists stitched together a 3D fly-through of the famous nebula, which is in the process of forming stars.

We are treated to glorious glowing clouds being heated by radiation, huge envelopes of gas around disks of new planetary systems, and new stars being born. The Orion nebula is about 1,344 light-years away, and just 2 million years old – a blink of an eye in cosmic terms.

Of course, we didn’t actually send those telescopes through the nebula to make the video. Instead, using imagery from the telescopes and “Hollywood techniques", according to NASA, the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore and the Caltech/Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) in California were able to produce the three-minute video.

You can check it out below, and as it's got a rather nice musical backdrop, so you might want to turn your sound on too.


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