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3D Printed Nebula Scale Model: Do You Want to Print a Star Cloud?

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With the right tools, you can 3D print almost anything: a quadcopter, an action figure version of yourself or even a pixel perfect replica of a painting. But a team of astronomers were able to print something that’s literally out of this world. They managed to create a high resolution 3D model and a printed replica of the Homunculus nebula, even though the cloud is 7,500 light years away.

eta-carinae-homunculus-nebula-3d-printed-scale-model-by-NASA

The astronomers gathered data about the Homunculus nebula in 2012 using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope and X-Shooter spectrograph. They then turned that data into a 3D model using a program called Shape. The 3D model and its printed equivalent gave scientists more insight about the nebula’s origin.

Check out NASA’s website for more on the breakthrough and to download a copy of the 3D model.

[via Digital Trends]