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