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December 15, 2011 09:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2011-38

Hubble Serves Up a Holiday Snow Angel

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Video: 3D Look at a Star-Forming Region

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This movie presents a visualization of the star-forming region known as S106. This unique three-dimensional view illustrates and emphasizes that many of the objects contained within astronomical images are not at the same distance, but, in fact, spread across light-years of space. The Hubble image is augmented with additional field-of-view from the Subaru Infrared Telescope. The stars and the lobes of glowing gas from the Hubble/Subaru two-dimensional image have been separated and sculpted 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 format of this movie is a standard "2D" presentation and does not require a 3D screen or 3D glasses.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon, T. Borders, L. Frattare, Z. Levay, and F. Summers (Viz 3D team, STScI)

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3D Look at a Star-Forming Region Running Time: 45 seconds
Zoom to Star-Forming Region S106 Running Time: 50 seconds