Animation of S 106

This movie presents a visualisation of the star-forming region known as Sh 2-106 or S 106 for short. This unique three-dimensional view (seen here in "2D") helps our minds interpret the realisation 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 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.


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

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Release date:15 December 2011, 15:00
Related releases:heic1118
Duration:51 s
Frame rate:30 fps

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