Messier Catalog Animations
We have tried to collect all available animations on (and related to) Messier
objects here. If you know of any further Messier object animation, please
let us know.
- Crab Nebula M1 movies:
Animation depicting the environment around the pulsar.
The sequence depicts the environment immediately around the central,
rotating pulsar. The twin beams demonstrate the rotation of the
neutron star which is surrounded by the equitorial wind (shaded red).
As the observer pulls away from the pulsar, first the
"inner knot" appears from the upper left, then followed by the
"sprite", and finally, the jets which appear on opposing sides of the
pulsar. (Artist: Walt Feimer, STSci)
- Crab Nebula -- The Movie:
The movie is constructed from eight WFPC2 images and contains four
sequences: 1) The full WFPC2 field, 2) a closer view of the pulsar, 3)
closer still detailing the "sprite" which appears towards the top, and
4) extreme closeup of the pulsar and the inner knot just above it.
Animation explaining the structure of M31
- M16 animation:
Simulated approach to a star forming region in
M16, based on the
November 1995 Hubble images
Orion Nebula Animation: An approach to a protostar in
M42, simulated using images by the
Hubble Space Telescope.
- Animation [433 k MPG]
of M81 showing a morphing from the UV to
visual image (Astro-1 UIT Shuttle mission, STS-35)
- Animations related to the Virgo cluster
spiral galaxy M100:
More animations (including many space movies not related to Messier objects)
More Animations at SEDS
Space Movie archive at the University of Bordeaux (France),
Ftp space animation
archive at Bordeaux (France)
Animations from the
Hubble Space Telescope (at the Space Telescope Science Institute)
Please inform us if you know another site with astronomical and space-related
Last Modification: March 8, 1998