Orion Nebula, also called Messier 42, is one of the brightest nebulae of the Milky Way galaxy and is visible to the naked eye in the night sky. NASA has prepared an amazing video of Orion Nebula which will provide viewers a unique 3-D experience of one of the brightest and most recognizable patterns of stars into the northern sky. The unique 3-D video has been prepared by the astronomers and visualization experts of NASA’s Universe of Learning program, and the team was led by Frank Summers of the Space Telescope Science Institute.
They combined the invisible and infrared imageries taken by the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes. Through the video, people can experience a mind-boggling 3-minute fly-through view of the picturesque Orion Nebula. Orion Nebula is a diffuse nebula situated in the constellation Orion. It has got very vigorous and intense environment. It is a very big stellar nursery that has a mass of about 2,000 times that of the Sun. Huge stars are repeatedly getting formed out of this huge cosmic body. So the latest 3-D video will allow viewers get a close-up and personal view of Orion Nebula.
Through digital visualization, viewers can experience furious star births, glowing clouds heated by intense and powerful radiations surrounding them. Also, they can see the tadpole-shaped gaseous envelopes encircling the protoplanetary disks. Frank Summers said that that being able to fly through the nebula’s tapestry in 3-D provides people a much better sense of Universe. “By adding depth and structure to the amazing images, this fly-through helps elucidate the universe for the public, both educating and inspiring,” he added. Robert Hurt, lead visualization scientist at IPAC, explained that visualizing the universe in infrared light consisting of multiple wavelengths gives a striking context to the visible light views, which everyone is familiar with.
In the video, the view of the Orion Nebula changes back and forth from visible to infrared. People will feel that they are watching a movie of the Universe as the 3-D video has got some hollowed techniques applied to it. “This movie provides a uniquely immersive chance to see how new features appear as we shift to wavelengths of light normally invisible to our eyes,” said Hurt. Orion Nebula is a very bright and violent stellar formation which is situated almost 1,344 light years away from Earth. The three-minute three video of Orion Nebula that provides an immersive experience to the viewers was released to the public on January 11, Thursday.