IT might be a little too cold for a long walk out in nature this weekend, for many of us an ice cold nose tip and numb feet are too much like hard work. Like many of us, you probably turn to the various forms of electronic entertainment that adorns the home. Fair enough, that's what it's there for.
There is something to be said though, for making use of our time to explore and do things that possibly aren't catered for by the major television networks. Something fascinating and well worth your time is a fantastic video made by NASA.
Now from the cosy comfort of a centrally heated living room, we can delve into the depths of the cosmos in fabulous 3D detail. With a computer generated journey through the Orion Nebula, made precise by years of telescope observations, you can now see the star nursery up close and in spectacular detail.
Hailing from the part of the sky where we see the constellation of Orion the Hunter, the nebula is actually a giant cloud of interstellar gas. From this gas, stars are being created by the forces of gravity. We can see these star-births in all their stages of development thanks to the varying times of their beginning. There are enough birthing stars in the sky to draw a really detailed picture of the process. The same can be said of dying stars.
So why not take a trip around the galaxy, and see for yourself what is out there. The Orion Nebula video is likely the first of many that make use of the great new technology that allows us to render incredibly rich and detailed, true to life maps.
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