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Mar. 19, 2010

Hubble 3D, Now Playing

by Shelley DuBois

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The movie Hubble 3D comes out in theaters today. The film’s director, Toni Myers, will be in the studio with Ira as part of Science Friday’s “Future of 3D” segment on March 19th.

During the movie, viewers virtually enter 3D versions of some of the spectacular images from the Hubble. Here are some 2D previews.

This is a trail of gas that follows a forming star, called a “stellar jet,” in the Carina Nebula, which is about 7,500 light years from Earth.

carina blog

The Helix Nebula–shaped like an eye, with a dead star at the center.

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The Orion Nebula, only 1,500 light years from Earth.

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Gas shoots out from a dying star, forming a shape like butterfly wings.

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Besides 3-D versions of Hubble photos, Hubble 3D features footage from the 2009 repair mission, the final repair planned for the Hubble.

A shot of the astronauts on the robotic arm of the space ship, fixing the telescope.

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Certain scenes from the movie make you feel like part of the repair mission. At one point in the film, the astronaut in the foreground of this picture hovers over the audience.

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Another take on capturing star power–director Toni Myers talks with Leonardo DiCaprio, who narrated Hubble 3D.

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For more information, check out the movie’s website here.

[Credit, All Images: NASA. Copyright, 2010 Warner Bros.]
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