Behold, Tiny Human! You Are Just a Speck in a Gorgeous Universe

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

This visualization combines imagery from Hubble and other telescopes (and some "artistic license") to add depth to stunning images of the star-forming region S106. The Hubble site describes the process: 

This unique three-dimensional view illustrates and emphasizes that many of the objects contained within astronomical images are not at the same distance, but, in fact, spread across light-years of space. The Hubble image is augmented with additional field-of-view from the Subaru Infrared Telescope. The stars and the lobes of glowing gas from the Hubble/Subaru two-dimensional image have been separated and sculpted using both scientific knowledge and artistic license to create the depth in the movie. Of note, the relative distances between stars and the nebula have been greatly compressed.

Video credit: NASAESA, and G. Bacon, T. Borders, L. Frattare, Z. Levay, and F. Summers (STScI). 

Hubble's site also has an amazing slow zoom in on the star -- watch full screen in HD!

 

See web-only content:
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/06/behold-tiny-human-you-are-just-a-speck-in-a-gorgeous-universe/258128/

Video credit: NASA, ESA, and L. Calcada (ESA/Hubble, ESO) and the source imagery is courtesy of NASA, ESA, N. Risinger (Photopic Sky Surveys), Digitized Sky Survey 2, Subaru Telescope (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan), and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA).

Via astronomy photographer Tom Lowe, who created this version by adding a dramatic soundtrack

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http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/06/behold-tiny-human-you-are-just-a-speck-in-a-gorgeous-universe/258128/