(WWT) is Web 2.0 visualization software that turns your PC into a virtual telescope. The application combines images from ground and space-based telescopes around the world. Using Microsoft Silverlight
technology, the software allows the space explorer to take a tour of the universe in full vibrant color.
The application enables you to explore on your own or choose from a number of guided tours. Presented by astronomers and educators from observatories and planetariums around the country, the tours prove to be a fascinating learning experience around the universe. You can pause the tour at any point and venture out on your own. When was the last time you were allowed to do that during a guided tour?
WWT brings to you an interactive 3D experience allowing you to click and zoom on any corner of the universe. When going from destination to destination, the application takes you through space to your new destination.
WWT is an application portal that combines terabytes of data from multiple sources into a rich media experience. This application is perfect for kids who are eager to explore the vast universe and learn more about the fascinating world that surrounds our planet.
Microsoft Research dedicated WorldWide Telescope to the memory of Jim Gray
, a researcher and manager who disappeared at sea while on a solo sail to the Farallon Islands near San Francisco Bay, and released WWT as a free resource.
Two versions of the software are available: Windows Client
and Web Client
enabling the user to choose the version those best suits his/her needs.
Overall, the software is fascinating and provides a wonderful interactive tool for a space explorer of any age. Best of all, it is free!