Hubble Space Telescope fly-through of the Gum Nebula

NASA and ESA are celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope’s silver anniversary of 25 years in space. Take a look at the most amazing Hubble three-dimensional fly through video, of the Gum Nebula…

A fly through of the nebula Gum 29 with the star cluster Westerlund 2 at its core. From Hubble Space Telescope:



“The flight traverses the foreground stars and approaches the lower left rim of the nebula Gum 29. Passing through the wispy darker clouds on the near side, the journey reveals bright gas illuminated by the intense radiation of the newly formed stars of cluster Westerlund 2. Within the nebula, several pillars of dark, dense gas are being shaped by the energetic light and strong stellar winds from the brilliant cluster of thousands of stars. Note that the visualization is intended to be a scientifically reasonable interpretation and that distances within the model are significantly compressed.”

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

source NASA