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April 19, 2013 08:50 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2013-12

Hubble Sees a Horsehead of a Different Color

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Video: The Gaseous Landscape of the Horsehead Nebula in Infrared

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This video presents a scientific visualization of the Horsehead Nebula as seen in infrared light. To fill out the widescreen frame, the central Hubble image has been augmented by ground-based observations from the European Southern Observatory's Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA). The three-dimensional interpretation has been sculpted to create a wispy and mountainous environment, with stars distributed in an approximate and statistical manner. The computer graphics model is intended to be scientifically reasonable, but not fully accurate. This imaginative traverse of the glowing gaseous landscape provides an inspiring spaceflight experience that brings the celestial scene to life.

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

Image Credits: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), J. Emerson (ESO, VISTA), and Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

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