Microsoft Launches WorldWide Telescope

Microsoft launched its WorldWide Telescope late Monday.

The free Web-based application allows users to zoom around the universe and browse through the galaxy on their own or take guided tours of different outer-space destinations developed by astronomers and academics.

The application itself is a blend of software and Web 2.0 services created with the Microsoft high performance Visual Experience Engine, which allows seamless panning and zooming around the heavens with rich image environments. Worldwide Telescope stitches together terabytes of high-resolution images of celestial bodies, and displays them in a way that relates to their actual position in the sky. People can freely browse through the solar system, galaxy and beyond, or take advantage of a growing number of guided tours of the sky hosted by astronomers and educators at major universities and planetariums

View: WorldWide Telescope

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I've been an amateur astronomer since I was a kid (in the dark ages... lol!)

This program is pretty decent, but it won't replace Stellarium for me. Stellarium helps me locate the planets and other destinations for the night's viewing.

I hope this helps get some of the little mush-headed kids interested in a science. This is an impressive piece of work. We've never been able to explore the heavens in this way before.

This uses some of their photosynth technogy, right? At least the interface seems really familiar.

Peace,
James Rose
New York City

(tsupersonic said @ #5)
This program is cool. Now, if they'd make a standalone Google Earth competitor :cool:

It does almost everything google earth does and more. It can zoom in on earth and find streets just not too far in like google earth. Its still a beta though.

It also has guided space tours whith speech. Which I thought was pretty cool.

I just tried it. Good and free, but I still don't see what the big fuss was all about. Really, this brought tears to a guy? Lame.

Starry Night Pro is better.

Yet another Microsoft website that uses Flash instead of Silverlight... :laugh:

EDIT: Alright, just tried it... it's really neat. The interface is nice and it feels pretty smooth.

Wow, who cares about Flash vs Silverlight? Its like saying that all Adobe corporate documents need to be in PDF format or else some great wrong has been done in the universe...

(Relativity_17 said @ #1.1)
Wow, who cares about Flash vs Silverlight? Its like saying that all Adobe corporate documents need to be in PDF format or else some great wrong has been done in the universe...
Excuse me for finding it funny that they aren't using their own products.