World Wide Telescope

World Wide Telescope is a program designed by Microsoft and the project was announced in February of 2008. It is actually an extremely cool program that scientists, amateur astronomers, hobbyists, and just people enjoy pretty pictures will be thrilled by. The point of this program is to allow the person running the program to look out into space from the comfort of their own home with their laptop. How is this possible? By compiling images from the Hubble Space Telescope with images from ten other terrestrial telescopes.  There are four different modes: sky, earth, planets, and panorama. Each one offers an exciting and unique view.

Sky is the main feature, and it is the one that allows a person to view the night sky. It covers the spectrum of fifty different types of telescopes, ranging from radio to gamma, which means that you can look at many different images of the same area or star cluster and you will see different things, depending on if you are looking at visible light waves, radio waves, or microwaves.

Earth provides a 3D model of the planet Earth with images taken from NASA and from Google Earth. Planets will include views of the 8 planets in the solar system, the earth’s Moon, and four moons of Jupiter. Panorama will show panoramas sent back to earth from various explorations including the Mars Rover.

Experts predict that this new program is going to change the way people study astronomy, the way people view astronomy, and the way people teach astronomy. Though the program is not released yet, buzz is already good that it is going to be one of Microsoft’s biggest hits.  

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