See Orion Nebula 3D
For all of us, who love stargazing, Interested in Astronomy and amazed by the strange things in the sky like Planets, Exoplanets, Black holes, Galaxies and Nebulas, NASA has made a stunning 3D Tour of The Orion Nebula- The most favorite object of skygazers. Now we can see Orion Nebula 3D View
Even people who don’t have interest in Astronomy and Space, They also have seen the beautiful Orion constellation in the sky; it is most famous star constellation like Big Dipper.
The Star situated below Orion belt stars is not a star at all, if you already don’t know…let me tell you it is a Nebula! …mistaken as a star. It is one of the Nebulas visible by Naked Eye.
What is Nebula?
A Nebula (Latin for “cloud”) is an interstellar cloud of space-dust, mainly hydrogen, helium and other ionized gases. They are the nurseries of the stars, new stars and their planet system is being born and taking shape in the lap of these Nebulae.
The Orion Nebula Details
Discovered in 1610 by French astronomer Peiresc Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, The Orion Nebula, also known as M42 (Messier Object 42) or NGC 1976 (New Galactic Catalogue object 1976) is 1350 Light Year away from earth. This Giant Galactic Cloud is spread across 25 light Years. Imagine if your friend is standing at one edge of the cloud and you are on other edge, if you point a laser beam to your friend, he will see the glimpse of it after 25 Years.
Who made the of Orion Nebula 3D Video ?
Now we have an opportunity to take tour in this magnificent giant cloud by seeing this 3D video based on real data. Created by researchers at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore and the Caltech/Infrared Processing and Analysis Center in Pasadena, California, the project was led by Frank Summers, a visualization scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute.
“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,” Summers said. “By adding depth and structure to the amazing images, this fly-through helps elucidate the universe for the public, both educating and inspiring. The main thing is to give the viewer an experiential understanding, so that they have a way to interpret the images from telescopes,” Summers continued. “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.”
They Used Hubble and Splitzers Real Data and used Hollywood Techniques to make this Simulation Video of Orion Nebula.
The Incredible Orion Nebula 3D Video
The three minute video starts with zooming in to Orion Constellation with The Milky Way in the background. Then it shows the beautiful red nebula in visible light using Hubble Imagery Data..then it shows the nebula in infrared light with more finer details with green clouds surrounding it using splitzer Telescope data..
In the Center of the Orion Nebula, there is Trapezium open cluster, it is the youngest star cluster ever discovered. The main star of this system is star Theta1 Orion.
Then your space ship slowly moves in the heart of Nebula it is like a Giant canyon and there lies the Trapezium system and thousands small and some giant stars. you fly by inside the system one of the tadpole Shaped.. forming star system is seen, it is like one spaceship has reached there and taken this video, incredible but as the nebula spread 25 light year across, it would take enormous time span to shoot such video with a spacecraft or space probe it is virtually impossible to get this type of video by a space shuttle.
Here in this image below you can see tadpole-shaped gaseous envelopes surrounding protoplanetary disks.
3d Simulation of Orion Nebula
The Video is great for Astronomy enthusiast, Instead of playing music in the background, they should have given the voice of experts explaining the details…. like a Guide does when you visit a monument or site. Wouldn’t it have been better?
Secondly it is better if it had been a simulation of Orion Nebula itself, Imagine you can control your spaceship and wander in the Nebula with the speed of light or more. It would take more data and Tremendous effort to make such simulation of Orion Nebula, But surely it is the next step…..
Here you can see the Trapezium Star system
I read somewhere that in the earth size diameter space, only a few kilogram of gas presents in the Nebula…so think… if someone present there he /she does not even see the Nebula at all ..The thin gas cloud will not be visible to him.