Roy Gould talks about the WorldWide Telescope

Science educator Roy Gould and Microsoft's Curtis Wong give an astonishing sneak preview of Microsoft's new WorldWide Telescope -- a technology that combines feeds from satellites and telescopes all over the world and the heavens, and weaves them together holistically to build a comprehensive view of our universe. (Yes, it's the technology that made Robert Scoble cry.)

Click read more for the embedded Hi-Def video presentation.

More info at the worldwidetelescope.org website

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There's a red cube frame to the left of the clip at about 4:30..

why hasn't the part been surveyed when everything else around and beyond it is available?

Nothing but a cheap copy of Google Earth.

As others have said, the standalone app has extremenly high res images and also can swithc to a "sky" (or telescope) view of the stars

UM the whole difference is that this puts together infro from "all" different sources like university telescopes, govvernments ones, perhaps amateur ones too and weaves it together to paint a complete view.

If Google Maps does space, I'm quite sure it would just be stuff from NASA or something, limited sources


If this Worldwide Telescope is as seamless as they claim it to be, it would be fantastic... every person on Earth could potentially contrinbute to this, which means different areas of the world concentrating on different parts of the sky coming together to show one truly magnificent view of everything.


Should be good

I'm a little confused. I watched the video, then I opened Google Earth. How is this any different from Google Earth, other than being a dedicated app.

Well how about the fact that Google Earth, is mapping of this world.. ok? and WorldWide Telescope is software that allows you to look anywhere in the known and mapped Universe? A bit different I think.

I doubt you watched the whole thing if you are comparing this to Google Earth.

(Neobond said @ #5.1)
Well how about the fact that Google Earth, is mapping of this world.. ok? and WorldWide Telescope is software that allows you to look anywhere in the known and mapped Universe? A bit different I think.

I doubt you watched the whole thing if you are comparing this to Google Earth.


Last time I checked, Google Earth allowed me to look at the sky. I can see Milky Way, Orion's Nebula, Hubble Deep Field, etc. It draws out constelations, gives me info on various stars and galaxies (from various sources).

@+mrbester: I meant dedicated to the sky. Google earth does both the earth and sky.

(MrA said @ #5.3)

Last time I checked, Google Earth allowed me to look at the sky. I can see Milky Way, Orion's Nebula, Hubble Deep Field, etc. It draws out constelations, gives me info on various stars and galaxies (from various sources).

@+mrbester: I meant dedicated to the sky. Google earth does both the earth and sky.


You really need to see Microsoft's Visual Experience Engine in action to understand why this is better than Google Earth. Gigapixels rendered instantly. Just wait and see.

This is more of the stuff like PhotoSynth from MS Research that totally blew me away last year. I'm really excited to see this in action. This is going to be a huge boon for the field of astronomy.