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This visualization journeys into the famous star-forming region of the Orion Nebula based on an image from the Hubble Space Telescope. This exhilarating trip begins by flying through a layer of gas above the nebula, called the “veil.” The descent to the gaseous surface provides an overview of the structure of the region as the winds and radiation from the central cluster have carved out a long “valley” in the cloud. The massive bright stars are responsible for heating the gas to temperatures at which it glows.
For more about NASA Hubble, go to: http://www.nasa.gov/hubble
Credits: Frank Summers, Greg Bacon, Zolt Levay, Lisa Frattare, Massimo Robberto (STScI)
Acknowledgment: Robert Gendler
Music: “Blizzard (PON I)”, Kai Engel, CC BY-NC