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Microsoft Launches WorldWide Telescope

Microsoft Corp. (www.microsoft.com) officially launched the public beta of its WorldWide Telescope, which is now available at www.worldwidetelescope.org. WorldWide Telescope is a web application that brings together imagery from the best ground- and space-based observatories across the world to allow people to easily explore the night sky through their computers.

WorldWide Telescope, created with Microsoft’s high-performance Visual Experience Engine, enables seamless panning and zooming across the night sky, blending terabytes of images, data, and stories from multiple sources over the internet into a media-rich, immersive experience. Microsoft Research formed close ties with members of the academic, education, and scientific communities to make WorldWide Telescope a reality. NASA, along with other organizations, coordinated with Microsoft Research to provide the imagery, provide feedback on the application from a scientific point of view, and help turn WorldWide Telescope into a rich learning application.

WorldWide Telescope includes a rich set of collections of the deep sky objects including constellations, the solar system, images from the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory Center, the Spitzer Space Telescope, Sky Surveys, the Messier Catalog, named stars, and more. A number of expert-created guided tours of the sky, objects in space, and collections of celestial objects are built into WorldWide Telescope. Users can create their own tours and share them with others.

Source: Microsoft Corp.



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