Let’s Do a Fly-through of the Gum Nebula!

▶ Incredible Hubble Space Telescope fly-through of the Gum Nebula – YouTube.

For our first Friday Fun item today we post this magnificent trip through the Gum Nebula with the benefit of the Hubble space telescope. Below is a rather detailed description of the trip, but it will help you understand what you are seeing.

As you take the brief tour, remember, “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Ps.19:1).

Three-dimensional 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.”

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