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March 17, 2014 05:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2014-18

Hubble Celebrates Its 24th Anniversary with an Infrared Look at a Nearby Star Factory

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Video: NGC 2174: Visible 2D Zoom and Infrared 3D Reveal

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This video showcases visible and infrared light views of a collection of pillars along the edge of the star-forming region NGC 2174. The sequence begins with a view of the night sky near the constellation of Gemini and Orion. The view zooms through observations from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 to reveal a Hubble Space Telescope visible light view of the top of this region of pillars.

A cross-fade transitions not only between Hubble's visible and infrared light views, but also from a two-dimensional image to a three-dimensional sculpted model of the region. The camera then pulls back to reveal the landscape of evaporating peaks of gas and dust surrounded by stars. Note that the visualization is intended to be a reasonable interpretation (not scientifically accurate) and that distances within the model are significantly compressed.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon, L. Frattare, Z. Levay, and F. Summers (Viz3D Team, STScI)

Acknowledgment: A. Fujii, the Digitized Sky Survey 2, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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Zoom into NGC 2174 Running Time: 28 seconds