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A 3D Look Into the Orion Constellation

Live Chat August 5th, 2020

What does the most amazing nebula in the sky look like in 3d? And what do we know about this incredible birthplace of baby stars and planets?

Phil LaMarr takes us on a journey to the great nebula in the constellation of Orion with his astronomy guests Jessica Harris and Frank Summers. Together they peel back the mysteries of this beautiful spectacle and explain how we can figure out what a two-dimensional picture of a nebula might look like in 3D!

Then make sure to check out the 3D fly-through of the Orion Nebula using the link on this page.

Biographies of Show Participants


A Los Angeles native, Phil is an alumnus of Yale University and The Groundlings Theater and perhaps is best known as one of the original cast members of MAD TV, as “Hermes” on FUTURAMA,  as "Marvin" in PULP FICTION, “Green Lantern” on JUSTICE LEAGUE and as the voice of SAMURAI JACK. For over 30 years Phil has thrilled audiences with his work on camera and behind the microphone on TV shows such as STATIC SHOCK, FAMILY GUY, STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS, the CW’s THE FLASH & SUPERGIRL, GET SHORTY, LUCIFER and VEEP; feature films like MADAGASCAR 2, INCREDIBLES 2, and THE LION KING (2019) and video games including FORTNITE, SHADOW OF MORDOR, and the INJUSTICE, METAL GEAR SOLID, and the MORTAL KOMBAT series.


Jessica is a physicist, informal educator, science communicator, and diversity and inclusions change agent. She has a decade of progressive leadership experience in education and public outreach (EPO) and equity, diversity, and inclusion. She is an enthusiastic and engaging public speaker with an affinity of explaining complex science topics to a variety of audiences large and small.

FRANK SUMMERS (Astronomer)

Dr. Frank Summers is an outreach astrophysicist who illuminates and elucidates the awesome beauty and intricate wonders of our universe. His expertise spans a diverse range from research cosmology and high-performance computing to scientific visualization, education, and public engagement. For almost two decades, he has contributed to all aspects of the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescope press, education, and outreach through news media, web sites, educational programs, social media, museums and planetariums.