Infinity Zoom – Fly Through my Deep Space Images Into the Heart of Rho Ophiuchi & Blue Horsehead

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Infinity Zoom, is a serie of short 4K videos where we will fly through my deep space images, starting with a wide view somewhere in one of the darkest landscape places I’ve had opportunity to visit and photograph through my journey in the world with astrophotography, up to a close intimate view where we dive deep into the core of some wonderful deep sky objects captured with a telescopic view from my observatory located in Dark Sky® Alqueva region, Portugal. To watch with sound on.

In this second episode of Infinity Zoom, we departure from Atacama Desert, and dive deep into the core of Blue Horsehead Nebula. During the short voyage of about 400 light-years to reach the Blue Horsehead we will fly close to Rho Ophiuchi colorful cloud complex, lying almost at the same distant, both are located in same naked-eye region of the sky, towards the constellation of the Ophiuchus. The Cloud Complex, is one of the most colourful nebulas in space and the closest star-forming regions to the Solar System. These interstellar clouds of gas and dust contain both red emission nebulas and blue reflection nebulas. The dark brown regions are caused by dust grains, born in young stellar atmospheres, which effectively block light emitted behind them. Our final deep dive reveals the wonderful nebula IC4592, better known by it’s well distinguished shape of a Blue Horse Head. The blue reflection nebula is made up of very fine interstellar dust particles that reflects the visible light of energetic nearby stars, as Nu Scorpii, the bright blueish star which marks the eye of the Horse. Immersed in the brownish dust, is visible a second reflection nebula named IC 4601 surrounding two stars. The animation has been created using my real images, a total of 4 photographs captured at different focal distances from a wide angle landscape lens up to a telescopic view, for the final approach.

PT: Infinity Zoom, é uma série de pequenos videos em 4K onde vamos voar pelas minhas imagens do espaço profundo, começando com uma visão ampla a partir de uma das paisagens escuras que tive a oportunidade de visitar e fotografar ao longo das minhas viagens pelo mundo com a astrofotografia, até uma visão mais íntima onde mergulharemos profundamente no coração de alguns objectos de céu profundo fascinantes, captados com um telescópio a partir do meu observatório localizado na região do Dark Sky® Alqueva, Portugal. Para ver com o som ligado.

Neste segundo episódio do Infinity Zoom, partimos do Deserto do Atacama e mergulhamos profundamente no núcleo da Nebulosa Cabeça do Cavalo Azul. Durante a curta viagem de 400 anos-luz para chegar à Cabeça do Cavalo Azul, voaremos perto do complexo de nuvens coloridas Rho Ophiuchi, quase à mesma distância, ambos estão localizados na mesma região do céu a olho nu, em direção à constelação do Ophiuchus. Este é talvez o complexo nebuloso mais coloridos do espaço e uma das regiões de formações de estrelas mais próximas ao sistema solar. Estas nuvens inter-estelares de gás e poeiras contêm nebulosas de emissão (vermelhas) e nebulosas de reflexão (azul). As regiões a castanho escuro são causadas por grãos de poeira, nascidos em atmosferas estelares jovens, que efetivamente bloqueiam a luz emitida por detrás delas. O nosso mergulho profundo final revela a incrível nebulosa IC4592, mais conhecida pela sua forma distinta de uma Cabeça de Cavalo Azul. A nebulosa de reflexão azul é composta por partículas de poeira interestelar muito finas que refletem a luz visível de estrelas energéticas próximas, como Nu Scorpii, a estrela azul brilhante que marca o olho do Cavalo. Imerso na poeira acastanhada, é visível uma segunda nebulosa de reflexão chamada IC 4601 em torno de duas estrelas. A animação foi criada usando imagens reais da minha autoria, num total de 4 fotografias captadas com diferentes distâncias focais desde uma lente grande angular de paisagem até uma visão telescópica, para a aproximação final.

List of individual images used in the animation | Lista das imagens individuais usadas na animação:

The Greatness of Solitude with a Mesmerising View of the Milky Way above Atacama Desert | Rho Ophiuchi – A Colourful Cloud in Space | Blue Horsehead Nebula and Rho Ophiuchi Cloud Complex in a Colorful Deepsky Scene | A Blue Horse Head is Shining in Space Surrounded by Faint Dust



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