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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!

 

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

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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