Flight Through the Orion Nebula in Infrared Light

What would it look like to fly into the Orion Nebula? The exciting dynamic visualization of the Orion Nebula is based on real astronomical data and adept movie rendering techniques. Up close and personal with a famous stellar nursery normally seen from 1,500 light-years away, the digitally modeled representation based is based on infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope. The perspective moves along a valley over a light-year wide, in the wall of the region’s giant molecular cloud. Orion’s valley ends in a cavity carved by the energetic winds and radiation of the massive central stars of the Trapezium star cluster. The entire Orion Nebula spans about 40 light years and is located in the same spiral arm of our Galaxy as the Sun. via NASA https://ift.tt/3hG7o1x

Wikipedia article of the day for July 7, 2021

Wikipedia article of the day is First Punic War. Check it out: Article-Link Summary: The First Punic War (264–241 BC) was the first of three wars between Carthage and Rome, the two main powers of the western Mediterranean in the 3rd century BC. For 23 years they struggled for supremacy, primarily on the island of Sicily and its surrounding waters, and also in North Africa. After immense losses on both sides the Carthaginians were defeated. The war began with the Romans gaining a foothold on Sicily. In 260 BC they built a navy to challenge Carthage’s, and inflicted several defeats. Taking advantage of their naval victories, the Romans launched an invasion of North Africa, which failed. In 249 BC they besieged the last two Carthaginian strongholds on Sicily. After several years of stalemate, the Romans rebuilt their fleet and blockaded the Carthaginian garrisons. A Carthaginian fleet attempted to relieve them, but the fleet’s destruction in 241 BC forced the cut-off Carthaginian troops to negotiate for peace. (This article is part of a featured topic: Punic Wars.)

Picture of the day for July 7, 2021

Wikipedia picture of the day on July 7, 2021: View of the right bank from the left bank of the Spiti River across a narrow valley about 15 km above Kaza, Spiti, Himachal, India. The river has cut a gorge about 100m (330′) deep in the floor of the valley. The river bed elevation is 3,820m (12,533′). The Spiti is a braided river with many channels meandering along the broad river bed. NH 505 from Kaza (left) to Grampoo (right) is visible on the right bank. 23 June 2018. More Info