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AstroViz

Explore some of the most amazing places in the universe through amazing 3D animations based on real observations and scientific analysis.
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January 25th, 2022

Eta Carinae: The Great Eruption of a Massive Star

This visualization showcases the 3D structure of a remarkable nebula created around a massive star known as Eta Carinae.
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November 1st, 2021

Looking Out into Space, Looking Back into Time - AstroViz

This six-minute visual exploration of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field showcases its four-dimensional nature across both space and time.
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July 22nd, 2020

A 3D Flight through the Orion Nebula - AstroViz

This visualization explores the Orion Nebula using both visible and infrared light as we fly through its structures.
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June 4th, 2020

A 3D Exploration of the Crab Nebula - AstroViz

This 3D visualization features the Crab Nebula, the glowing remains of a supernova explosion witnessed by Chinese astronomers nearly 1,000 years ago.

About AstroViz

Astronomical images are appreciated for their beauty, but they are also our windows into the vast and complex universe around us. Understanding how these abstract blends of color and form represent real, three dimensional structures is not always easy, even for astronomers who have spent their career studying them.

The goal of the AstroViz ("Astronomy Visualization") project is to take images from across the spectrum of light, and using the best current scientific understanding, extrapolate them into 3D forms that take us on virtual journeys to these distant locations. These cinematic experiences let everyone see how these are not just pictures... they are places. The stories of these places increase awareness, understanding, and enthusiasm for the universe.

AstroViz is one of a multitude of projects from NASA's Universe of Learning, which connects the public to the data, discoveries, and experts that spans NASA Astrophysics.

Browse all of the AstroViz videos at NASA's Universe of Learning