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Saturday, December 31, 2011

New 3d Videos From Hubble

Earlier this week, HUBBLE released a batch of short videos that are quite impressive.

The Helix Nebula.  This one gets more impressive as it progresses.

Flight Into the Carina Pillars

Tour of Star-Forming Region Sharpless 2-106

The Butterfly Nebula

The first question that comes to mind is...
How did we get such detail from so many angles to produce these?
NASA as an example for Helix Nebula video explains it well.
"Astronomers combined highly detailed images of the Helix Nebula from the Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys, with images from the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. From these observations, they were able to analyze the data and construct a 3-D model from measurements of the Helix Nebula using ground-based optical and radio telescopes to show the speed and direction of the outflows of material from the nebula."

All Video Credits: NASA/ESA/Hubble

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