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Microsoft Worldwide Telescope goes Open Source

Microsoft Worldwide Telescope

From web to desktop to full dome planetarium, WorldWide Telescope (WWT) enables you to explore the universe, bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world and combining it with 3D navigation.

WorldWide Telescope is now open source under the MIT license and has become an independent project as part of the .NET Foundation. The .NET Foundation is an independent organization to foster open development and collaboration around the Microsoft .NET development framework. Open sourcing WorldWide Telescope will allow the wider community to guide and participate future in future development efforts such that it evolves to meet the needs of future users.

WorldWide Telescope is written in .NET and the code is available now at This release brings a deep and complex open source .NET project to the astronomical community, while representing a substantial extension of the projects within the .NET Foundation.

Download: WorldWide Telescope 5.2 | 91.3 MB (Open Source)
View: WorldWide Telescope Website

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