Nebulae in 3D

One of my posters at the UK National Astronomy Meeting was about using 3D to look at data in a different way. Whilst I was looking into 3D astronomy I came across lots of internet forums and sites where people are discussing 3D pictures of nebulae.

I thought I would share some of the best I found. I must stress that this is more art than science. The third dimension in these pictures is not real, it is inferred. Most are Hubble or other images that are manipulated – rather cleverly in my opinion – to make them 3D. They are pretty though.

These images are stereoscopic. You can view them by focussing in front of the screen (cross-eyes) using the left-hand and centre images; or by focussing beyond the screen (relaxed-eyes e.g. Magic Eye technique) using the centre and right-hand images.

M33 in 3D


Ant Nebula in 3D

The Ant Nebula

Rosette Nebula in 3D

Rosette Nebula

Orion Nebula Pillar in 3D

Part of the Orion Nebula

Dumbbell Nebula in 3D

Dumbell Nebula

I have no credits for the pictures, if you know sources for any of them by all means let me know and I will add them in. Also, if you know of any more lying around the internet, just post a link in the comments.


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