Space!: Video Visualization Of A Faster-Than-The-Speed-Of-Light Journey Through The Orion Nebula

January 12, 2018


This is a video created by NASA using actual visible-light observations from the Hubble Space Telescope and infrared-light observations from the Spitzer Space Telescope and combining them along with some CGI to create a beautiful faster-than-the-speed-of-light fly through the Orion Nebula. In the creators' own words while I stow a couple packages of astronaut ice cream in my anus, put on my space helmet and prepare for liftoff:

This visualization explores the Orion Nebula using both visible and infrared light. The sequence begins with a wide-field view of the sky showing the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy, then zooms down to the scale of the Orion Nebula.

As the camera flies into the star-forming region, the sequence cross-fades back and forth between the visible and infrared views. The glowing gaseous landscape has been illuminated and carved by the high-energy radiation and strong stellar winds from the massive hot stars in the central cluster. The infrared observations generally show cooler temperature gas at a deeper layer of the nebula that extends well beyond the visible image. In addition, the infrared showcases many faint stars that shine primarily at longer wavelengths. The higher resolution visible observations show finer details including the wispy bow shocks and tadpole-shaped proplyds. In this manner, the movie illustrates the contrasting features uncovered by multi-wavelength astronomy.

Beautiful, right? Space is so mind-blowing. The only thing that could have made this video better is if instead of being a video-- "You were watching it from the window of an actual passing spaceship." Okay, you're my best friend, I get it. Let's do brunch on Saturday. "Bottomless?" And topless.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Marion O, who agrees space would be even awesomer if everything wasn't so spread out.

  • I think I had a nerdgasm.

  • :44 to :56 is a cat with one laser eye and you can't convince me otherwise.

  • TheQiwiMan

    Classical music can make any video classy AF.

  • Jenness

    Does anyone know what the jellyfish looking star things are? Those were cool. And howbig are the stars- they look so teeny and how hot would that be? Like could anything actually get that close to all those stars and not disintegrate?

    lol I just picture those of you who actually know about space and stars rolling your eyes and to you I waggle my finger "There are no stupid questions!!"

  • Bradical Best

    In answer to your question about the jellyfish things - I cant remember exactly - but - once and astronomer told be about these shapes whihc we mainly see in objects referred to as 'stellar nurseries'. i thiiink- the shape is caused by paricles colliding with each star's magnetic field ( not unlike our own aurora here on earth. ) couldnt find the exact info i was looking for - but i think its is something to do with that.

  • Jenness

    Thank you! I will look that up. They are beautiful and the entire idea of nurseries for stars is actually just precious and gives me a big smile. Thanks for taking the time to answer my question. *hugs*

  • Jenness

    I love that movie.

  • Me too.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    Your comment did make me laugh and I'm happy to answer.

    If you would look outside and watch the sun, that's a star. Now imagine astronauts out in space. Yes they have suits and they get both cold and hot, but the material isn't disintegrating instantly either and they're much closer to the sun than this video is to any stars.

    In fact, when the camera passes in between the stars in the video, it's further than the orbit of pluto from the stars, way further, and keep in mind each stars vary widely in size and type.

    Also, the video kinda transitions between 1:35 and 1:40, and some start disappears and the texture of the nebula changes. This is very much an "artistic" depection and far from reality. Also travelling at multiple times the speed of light. It's physically impossible for anything to have a vantage point like in this video.

    EDIT: On the other hand, if you're asking if our planet earth could sit in the middle of that cluster of stars, the answer is probably not, and if yes, we'd have one HECK of a night sky.

  • Jenness

    I love that I can ask a legit question on Geekologie and not get destroyed by trolls, but instead get intelligent answers that spark my imagination and my awe of our wonderful universe. Thank you!!!!

  • Mihos Bubastis

    this is a hell of a lot faster than speed of light. It would take 24 years just to cross it once at light speed.

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  • Isaac Bow.

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  • Meh

    Slightly unimpressed. This is in no better definition than they had 10 years ago, nor did they add anything new to it.

  • Irina Abramovich


    Hubree won #1 in a contest to see who is the cutest space traveler in baby Patagonia clothes!!=)

    <3 Thomas

    Hubree: Love your meows!=)
    Irina: When are you growing your hair out, for Christ's sake?=)

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