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Fraser
2003-Oct-08, 01:36 AM
SUMMARY: The Gemini Observatory located on top of Hawaii's Mauna Kea has been used to create an animation of the action going on in galaxy NGC 1068. Using a tool called the Integral Field Unit, astronomers have been able to create a 3-dimensional animation of the tremendous jet emanating from the supermassive black hole as it slams into the galactic gas disk.


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zephyr46
2003-Oct-23, 01:42 AM
Did this story come with a link ? I couldn't find it.
I love astronomical animations, esp the gas density flythrough

National Center for Super-computing (http://zeus.ncsa.uiuc.edu:8080/chdm_script.html)

and this one, showing the sagitarious dwarf,

University of Virginia (http://www.astro.virginia.edu/~mfs4n/sgr/)

This one though, from a recent Astronomy.com (http://astronomy.com/home.asp) article,

Orion Nebula Flythrough (http://vis.sdsc.edu/research/orion.html)

I had difficulty opening. This happens quite a bit, unfortunatly. I love this sort of stuff, it goes to creating a great virtual map accessable by all. when these sort of annimations are linked with a java applet like solstation.com (http://www.solstation.com/map27ly.htm), ultimatley we head towards things like this,
Orion Arm applet (http://www.nada.kth.se/~asa/Starmaps/Space.html)

we are heading towards a virtual map of everything, that is equally accesable by anyone on the internet for free. The guys doing this for free deserve much support and funding, though I haven't seen any of them ask for it. I hope the universities and plantariums assist as much as possible, this is the challenge for the future, we all have to live in a capitalist society that is rarely able to afford funding to such free quests, I like the way it is panning out :)

Xtra Crab Nebula (http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2002/0052/index.html) from Chandra added 27/10