“IMAX Hubble 3D Visualization Excerpt:Journey into the Orion Nebula” by The Space Telescope Science Institute

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    IMAX Hubble 3D Visualization Excerpt:Journey into the Orion Nebula

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  • The Space Telescope Science Institute


    An excerpt from IMAX Hubble 3D takes viewers inside the Orion Nebula to witness the birth of stars and planets. This cinematic scientific visu- alization, based on data from the Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories, is the result of close collaboration between research astronomers, computer programmers, and visualization artists.

    This scientific visualization flies past nearby stars toward the Orion constellation. Descent into the colorful cloud of the Orion Nebula reveals a gaseous landscape that is both carved and illuminated by bright, massive stars. Sweeping by newborn stars uncovers the encircling dark-dust disks from which planets are made.

Additional Contributors:

    Space Telescope Science Institute
    Scientific Visualization Supervisor: Frank Summers
    Scientific Visualizations: Greg Bacon, Lisa Frattare, Zoltan Levay

    National Center for Supercomputing Applications
    Visualization Producer and Designer: Donna Cox
    Visualization Designer and Camera: Robert Patterson
    Visualization Programmers: Stuart Levy, Alex Betts, AJ Christensen, Matthew Hall
    Additional Visualization: Robert Hurt

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