Bing maps now let you scan the nighttime sky

Bing has updated its map service to include the night time sky.  If you have ever looked up and wondered what the stars name you were looking at or wanted to find the Big Dipper, Bing has the solution for you. 

The application is called WWT (WorldWide Telescope) and provides a real time look of the sky from any point in the world.  “The WorldWide Telescope application allows you to view most of the features available in the Silverlight client right in Bing Maps. Yes, the WWT provides real time information about how the space is moving over the Earth. This provides context for where celestial entities are in real time if you were to look up at the night sky”

While not the first on the block to offer such a service, the more competitors in the field the better.  The application is live within Bing maps right now so you can check it out for yourself, although, you cant find any falling stars to make your next wish. 

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vincent said,
I still prefer Google Skymap on my android phone, if only Google made a desktop version.

They did, it's built into Google Earth.

MrA said,

They did, it's built into Google Earth.

I always assumed Bing did this already, since Google Earth has been doing it for so long...

or am I missing something?

Buttus said,

I always assumed Bing did this already, since Google Earth has been doing it for so long...

or am I missing something?

It was called Microsoft Worldwide Telescope, originally created by Microsoft Research back in early 2008. They just combined it with Bing.