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September 16, 2010 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2010-29

Cosmic Ice Sculptures: Dust Pillars in the Carina Nebula


Video: A Flight Into the Dark Pillars of Carina

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This scientific visualization creates a three-dimensional virtual tour of several dark pillars of cool gas in the Carina Nebula. The stars and nebula layers from Hubble's two-dimensional image have been separated using both scientific knowledge and artistic license to create the depth in the movie. Of note, the relative distances between stars and the nebula have been greatly compressed. The result is an intriguing journey through a virtual cosmic landscape.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon, L. Frattare, Z. Levay, and F. Summers (STScI)

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