Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Microsoft Introduces The WorldWide TeleScope

Microsoft Research recently released a new, free online tool designed to bring the world of astronomy to the masses. Microsoft describes the WorldWide Telescope as a "Web 2.0 Visualization Software Environment".

Basically its a virtual telescope that combines tens of millions of images of galaxies, nebulae, planets and other celestial objects to allow you to explore the stars and some of the most interesting spots in the universe right from your PC.

The terabytes of images were collected from various sources including the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), and the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS).

Users must first download an application to use the free service. Then you can opt for guided tours, conducted by astronomers or teachers, or check things out on your own.

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