Melotte 15, the central star cluster in the Heart Nebula, located an estimated 7,500 light-years away.
Image copyright J-P Metsavainio. Used with permission.

EARTHSKY // BLOGS // SPACE Deborah Byrd FEB 24, 2013

Animated GIFs of deep space objects in 3D

These animated images – created via artificial volumetric models – help convey the idea of what these space objects must really be like.

Developed in the mid-19th century, astrophotography has spawned many scientific subdisciplines useful to the work of astronomers, who strive to convey what our cosmos is like. But, for most of us, the thrill of astrophotography lies simply in its beauty and power to reveal what our eyes cannot see. Now Finnish astrophotographer J-P Metsavainio has developed an experimental technique that takes ordinary astrophotography a step further, as shown by the 3D animations of nebulae in this post. He told EarthSky:

Due to huge distances, real parallax can’t be imaged in most of the astronomical objects. I have developed an experimental technique to convert my astropics to artificial volumetric models …

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