The WorldWide Telescope [The Universe At Our Fingertips]
Anyway, I came across this video and I was stunned. It was amazing. Apparently, Microsoft Research has developed this project called The WorldWide Telescope. It is, essentially, the equivalent of Google Earth for our entire Universe!
The WorldWide Telescope is a free download (approximately 20mb in size), and let me tell you, it’s worth every penny! I was blown away with what was possible with this program. The official site has this to say about the WWT…
The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a Web 2.0 visualization software environment that enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope – bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world for a seamless exploration of the universe.
And that’s exactly what it is. If you’re not careful, you could end up spending endless hours exploring everything from the planet Earth, to our solar system, to the most distant stars and galaxies in the Universe. It’s basically a data center for everything we know about our Universe, and it’s all right there in easy-to-use, Web 2.0 format!
And it’s not just a map. There is additional information attached to basically every object for further reading. This application has access to terabytes of information! As was said in the TED video, the WWT has the potential to change the way we teach Astronomy!
So, in summation, I am extremely impressed. I highly recommend giving this application a shot.
Read a book.