Flight Through the Orion Nebula in Infrared Light

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This visualization explores the Orion Nebula as seen in infrared-light observations from the Spitzer Space Telescope. This movie is designed to be compared and contrasted against the companion movie using visible-light observations from the Hubble Space Telescope.

As the camera flies into the star-forming region, it reveals a glowing gaseous landscape that has been illuminated and carved by the high-energy radiation and strong stellar winds from the massive hot stars in the central cluster. The infrared observations generally show cool temperature gas at a deep layer that shows the full bowl shape of the nebula. In addition, the infrared showcases many faint stars that shine primarily at longer wavelengths.

Visualization: F. Summers, G. Bacon, Z. Levay, J. DePasquale, L. Hustak, M. Robberto and M. Gennaro (STScI), R. Hurt (Caltech/IPAC)

Music: "Dvorak - Serenade for Strings in E Major", Advent Chamber Orchestra, CC BY-SA


lwolf1952 says:

24 light years across

guringai says:

Soundtrack sort of wrecked it, maybe more suited to early Pink Floyd in my humble view….

iToon _77 says:

Wonder why 2 👎, they must be blind or flat earth society members 🤔

skylilly1 says:

Thanks so much for all of your hard work, love these uploads! 🙂

OsakaRose says:

Prefer this infrared light version to the natural light one. Both are beautiful but for some reason, this one is so much more impressive.

deadman1981 says:


Samih Koçmir says:

ı really wonder how much sure you can be about the exact positions of those stars. or are these just estimations?.. ı have watched some your videos that might be related to this issue but to be honest ı didn't understand too much..

KatyPeezy says:

to get this view in real life… you would be traveling much faster than the speed of light… right?

Jonathan Pontel says:

Dvorak music is so soothing…

Wolf K says:

Besides being a great little adventure, it shows you that the clouds of dust are clouds of dust lit up by starlight, and linking them shows you that the experience of the same thing is different depending on what part of the electromagnetic spectrum you can see in.

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