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WorldWide Telescope brings stargazing online

Abell 1689 galaxy cluster

WorldWide Telescope is a new project from Microsoft Research that combines imagery of space and celestial objects into one easy-to-use interface. From the site's overview page: "The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a  environment that enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope--bringing together imagery from the world's best ground- and space-based telescopes for the exploration of the universe."

This image is a high-resolution image of Abell 1689, a galaxy cluster in the constellation Virgo, as taken by the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. The image is embedded on the digitized sky that is the basis of WorldWide Telescope.

Image used with permission from Microsoft. Caption by Wally Bahny.

6 comments
kaninelupus
kaninelupus

The site looked like a dog's breakfast in Firefox, but also had to use the "Compatibility View" in in IE8 for the same reason.... are you kidding me??

a1slipkid
a1slipkid

"WorldWide Telescope is a new project from Microsoft Research" I don't mean to undermine your story, but this is not a new application at all. I have been using this for at least a year already if not 2 years or more. none the less it is an awesome application and does deserve recognition. I just hope that there's not a sudden influx of users that ends up slowing down the servers.

PJW9779
PJW9779

It heavily depends on a Microsoft-userside. Strange, since the science community is X dominated .

kaninelupus
kaninelupus

I'm a Windows user, but have to admit Linux/Unix are the dominant force in the science community, followed by Windows (too often XP!).

Cap54
Cap54

I first saw WWT demo'ed by Microsoft guys using a Mac. The message was clear -- WWT is built to run on many platforms. It can be used in a small (or large) school planetarium, or on your desktop. There are numerous scientists already using it!

seanferd
seanferd

Regarding both of the above posts - what scientists would be using this? It's a pretty-picture results display, not a form or framework for usable data.