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.
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??
"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.
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!).
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!
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.