NASA Shares 3D view Of Orion Nebula

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NASA Shares 3D view Of Orion Nebula

NASA used Instagram to showcase a spectacular creation to commemorate the Lunar New Year. 

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What did NASA release to mark Lunar New Year?

NASA Shares 3D view Of Orion Nebula
NASA released a three-dimensional and rotating image of a nebula | Image: Instagram

They released a three-dimensional and rotating image of a nebula that “appears to be in the shape of a dragon”. The space agency constructed it using data from the SOFIA mission.

NASA wrote in the caption, “Happy Lunar New Year. Welcome to the Year of the Dragon. This three-dimensional view of the Orion Nebula – Earth’s closest star-formation nursery – was created using data from the SOFIA mission.”

“It reveals the detailed structure of the nebula, including a ‘bubble’ that has been blown clear of gas and dust by a powerful stellar wind. In this way, massive stars can regulate star formation around them, and SOFIA helped astronomers better understand this effect,” it further added.

Where was the 3d visual created?

NASA Shares 3D view Of Orion Nebula
The nebula has a blue center, with red wispy fragments on the outer detail | Image: Instagram

“The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) was a mission of discovery, revealing unseen – and sometimes unseeable – parts of our universe. While science flights have ended, SOFIA’s data from a total of 732 nights observing over the course of the mission are publicly available for scientists to study and conduct further research in the future,” NASA added.

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While sharing the description of the visual NASA explained, “A rotating three-dimensional view of the Orion Nebula in what appears to be in the shape of a dragon. The nebula has a blue center, with red wispy fragments on the outer detail.” 

How did people on the internet react?

The post was shared 9 hours ago, since then, it has received over 2.8 lakh likes. The share has also received multiple remarks. 

“My favorite nebula. OMG!” remarked one Instagram user. “How exactly are nebulae formed?” another inquired. 

NASA responded, “A nebula is a massive cloud of dust and gas in space.Some nebulae (multiple nebulae) form from the gas and dust ejected by the explosion of a dying star, such as a supernova. Other nebulae are areas where new stars are starting to develop. As a result, some nebulae are dubbed ‘star nurseries’.” Check the visuals here.

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