Hubble telescope spots biggest population of brown dwarfs in Orion Nebula

A 3D journey through the Orion Nebula

A 3D journey through the Orion Nebula

The newly released video is an update and expansion of previous iterations of Orion nebula flythroughs based on Hubble data in 2014, and a 2010 snippet of an IMAX film about the Hubble Space Telescope narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio. Through the video, people can experience a mind-boggling 3-minute fly-through view of the picturesque Orion Nebula.

The 3D visualization of the nebula allows the viewer to get a bird's eye view of the baby stars, gas, and dust of the nebula as it moves in space. Also, they can see the tadpole-shaped gaseous envelopes encircling the protoplanetary disks. "By adding depth and structure to the incredible images, this fly-through helps elucidate the universe for the public, both educating and inspiring", he added.

The Orion Nebula is one of the brightest nebulae in the sky that can be seen by the naked eye.

"Looking at the universe in infrared light gives striking context for the more familiar visible-light views", visualization scientists Robert Hurt said in the press release. Still, it's not every day the cosmos can be experienced in three dimensions like this. It appears as the middle "star" in the sword of the constellation Orion, the Hunter, and is located about 1,350 light-years away.

The nebula is about 2 million years old and its stars are young, meaning that we have plenty to learn about their development and potential future as they grow.

"Hubble sees objects that glow in visible light, which are typically in the thousands of degrees".

The three-dimensional interpretation is guided by scientific knowledge and scientific intuition. Summer and Hurt "worked with experts to analyze the structure inside the nebula", using visible light to create the surfaces, and infrared light to construct much of the nebula's structure.

The three-minute movie is meant to convey what space is really like - not the static 2D images we usually see, but huge, three-dimensional, dynamic and evolving.

The visualization is one of a new generation of products and experiences being developed by the NASA's Universe of Learning program.

The other components of the nebula were isolated into image layers and modeled separately.