NASA has released a 3-D visualization of the Orion Nebula, which you should watch with the sound on (using headphones; don't be a monster) because in addition to being educational, the whole thing is incredibly soothing. By toggling between the Hubble and Spitzer's views, the movie shows strikingly different details of the Orion Nebula.
Located some 1,350 light years away, the Orion Nebula is a dense star-forming region hosting some of the youngest stars of the universe surrounded by massive glowing clouds of gas and dust. The other components included the veil of the nebula, bow shocks, protoplanetary disks, and stars. The 3D fly-through also helps in elucidating the universe for the public by adding structure and depth to the attractive images, all of which makes for an inspiring and educating experience.
Orion Nebula, also called Messier 42, is one of the brightest nebulae of the Milky Way galaxy and is visible to the naked eye in the night sky.
"Looking at the universe in infrared light gives striking context for the more familiar visible-light views", said lead visualization scientist Robert Hurt, who is from IPAC.
The immersive video is an experience to be savored. Orion Nebula is a very bright and violent stellar formation which is situated nearly 1,344 light years away from Earth. Colorful Hubble and Spitzer images were then overlaid on the terrain. The Hubble space telescope captures light in the visible range seen by humans, as well as longer and shorter wavelengths in the ultraviolet and near-infrared ranges.
Scientific intuition and scientific knowledge guided the 3D interpretation for creating the movie.
Infrared imagery from the Orion Nebula. Hurt and Summers worked with experts to study the structure within the nebula, beginning with the two-dimensional Spitzer and Hubble images. "The program uses a "direct connection" to NASA science and scientists, to create content that "[enables] youth, families, and lifelong learners to explore fundamental questions in science, experience how science is done, and discover the universe for themselves". The gaseous nebula and the layers were combined together after being rendered to create the visualization. "The main thing is to give the viewer an experiential understanding, so that they have a way to interpret the images from telescopes", explained Summers.