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A box of stars

Submitted by Kevin Jardine on 22 June, 2017 - 09:23
Side view
Frame from animation showing higher density bright (green) and hot (blue) regions.

Here's a round up of some of my recent tweets about the solar neighbourhood map.

A link to downloadable 3D meshes:

A video showing me unbox a 3D print of the main region in the hot 17% isosurface:

Some still images of the 3D print:

Southern stars with Orion peninsula in the foreground, Per OB3 at left, Sco OB2 at top:

Southern stars. Sco OB2, M7 and LP Trianguli Australis region in foreground, NGC 3532 at left (notice the vertical stream of stars left of Orion!):

Northern stars, Cep OB6 and zeta Cephei complex in foreground, Sheliak highway in background:

(The Sheliak highway is a long stream of stars above the galactic plane that starts in the region surrounding Sheliak (beta Lyrae, at the left of this image) and then extends to the right.)

Here is a Blender animation combining higher density hot (blue) and bright (green) star density meshes. The sun is the dot at the rotation centre: