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Informal Science Education Resources
from the home of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope

Video & Immersive Visualizations

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MPEG Video Clip: Orion Nebula Fly-Through - Video Assests

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  • MPEG 1
  • File Size - 1.9MB
  • Length - 50 seconds
  • Format - MPEG 1
  • Resolution - 320 x 240 pixels



  • Title: Orion Nebula Fly-Through
  • Description:
    This animation reveals the topography and beauty of the Orion Nebula like never before. Based on data obtained by the Hubble Space Telescope, all of the gas clouds, stars, and proplyds are positioned as accurately as possible. The animation ends with a close-up examination of HST-10, where astronomers see dust grains clumping in the early stages of forming planets. At the same time, HST-10’s gaseous envelope is being being burned away by the Trapezium stars in the nebula’s center. This is an artist’s conception, not a view from the Hubble Space Telescope.
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  • Credits: Visualization by Greg Bacon (Space Telescope Science Institute), Model by the American Museum of Natural History, Data by C.R. O’Dell (Vanderbilt University)


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