A little over 2000 light years away, toward the constellation of Cepheus, is a place where stars are being born. It’s a nebula, a gas cloud, and it’s called IC 1396. It’s monstrous, well over a hundred light years across – even at its tremendous distance, it’s wider than six full Moons in our sky.
Finnish astrophotographer J-P Metsävainio observed IC 1396, making a gorgeous image of it. But he wasn’t satisfied just doing that. He’d been playing with making 3D images for some time, and decided this might be a good opportunity to make a model of the structure of the nebula, and then create an animated GIF of it.
and to xooorx for safari users www.filedropper.com/stfga (oh... sometimes there's a big "DOWNLOAD" button at the top for some crap or other but its not that, you need the link below, the "Download This File" link) (file stfga.safariextz)
Do like the boldface says. We still had a couple peeps who clicked the wrong links.