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Flight Through the Orion Nebula in Infrared Light

Component July 22nd, 2020

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 dust 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.

CREDITS: 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