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Finnish astrophotographer J-P Metsävainio observed IC 1396, making a gorgeous image of it. But he wasn’t satisfied just doing that. He’d been playing with making 3D images for some time, and decided this might be a good opportunity to make a model of the structure of the nebula, and then create an animated GIF of it.
Superbubble located in a star cluster in the N44 nebula, inside the Large Magellanic Cloud. The image is a composite, with the blue, high-energy portion taken by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. Additional data comes from the Spitzer space telescope, which observes cooler infrared wavelengths (outlined in red) and the European Southern Observatory’s Max-Planck-ESO telescope, which sees in ultraviolet (yellow).