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TechFest 2008: World Wide Telescope

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The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a rich, Web 2.0 visualization environment that functions as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground- and space-based telescopes in the world for a seamless, guided exploration of the universe.

Choose from a growing number of interactive guided tours of the sky by astronomers and educators from major universities and planetariums.

WorldWide Telescope, created with Microsoft’s high-performance Visual Experience Engine, enables panning and zooming across the night sky. Zoom into the center of a nebula to see the condensation of a dust cloud and the birth of a new star. View the moon and selected planets, and see their precise positions in the sky from any location on Earth. Discover the cloud remnants of a supernova explosion from a thousand years ago.

WWT blends many terabytes of images, data, and stories from multiple sources over the Internet into a media-immersive experience. Kids of all ages will feel empowered to explore and understand the universe with WWT’s simple, powerful user interface. WWT is a collaborative effort between Microsoft Research and a variety of academic and governmental agencies. Microsoft Research will be releasing WWT as a free resource to the astronomy and education community with the hope that it will inspire and empower people to explore and understand the universe as never before.


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  • Aleksei VassiljevAleksei Vassiljev

    Based on video - this will be great! But why it is targeted on children? It will be interesting for adults also.

  • quikboyquikboy

    @RunneR : It's not targeted to just children. He's trying to say that WWT is an awesome tool for ANYONE. Including children who might like to explore. As for adults, there lots of info., links to well-known databases for more info., and a lot of other imaging tools scientists would find pretty helpful.

    I just wished they didn't show all this good stuff, until they would release WWT soon. The anticipation is driving some people nuts!

  • Googleman81Googleman81

    wow this is awesome. im normally more interested in space from a technological exploring standpoint without thinking too much about astronomy but this is just incredibly interesting and so nice to look at with all the different view modes and stuff. i am a little upset though, i wanted to finish alyssa goodmans tour. i think once this is released, some people might need space food packages and space suits from the waist and down if you know what i mean...

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