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8 Beautiful GIFs Of Space

Now you can pretend you're flying through these nebulae and star clusters.

Posted on March 1, 2013, at 3:03 p.m. ET

1. Pelican Nebula

J-P Metsävainio / Via astroanarchy.blogspot.fi

Finnish astrophotographer J-P Metsävainio uses data on deep space objects (and some artistic license) to make arresting GIFs and videos. Images reproduced by permission of the creator.

2. Veil Nebula

J-P Metsävainio / Via astroanarchy.blogspot.com

3. Star Cluster Melotte 15

J-P Metsävainio / Via astroanarchy.blogspot.fi

4. Another version of Melotte 15

J-P Metsävainio / Via astroanarchy.blogspot.com

5. Lagoon Nebula

J-P Metsävainio / Via astroanarchy.blogspot.fi

6. Globular Cluster NGC 6752

J-P Metsävainio / Via astroanarchy.blogspot.fi

7. IC 410

J-P Metsävainio / Via astroanarchy.blogspot.com

8. IC 1396

J-P Metsävainio / Via astroanarchy.blogspot.com

Metsavainio also makes videos. Here's one of the Bubble Nebula:

View this video on YouTube

h/t EarthSky

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