Created by Microsoft, the WorldWide Telescope sports a high performance Visual Experience Engine and allows seamless panning and zooming around the night sky, planets, and image environments.
The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) enables your PC to function as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world. A web-based version of WorldWide Telescope is also available now, for preview. This version enables seamless guided explorations of the universe from within a web browser. It’s compatible with PC (requires Microsoft Silverlight 2.0 though) and Intel Mac OS X.
Dr. Roy Gould of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics said:
“The WorldWide Telescope takes the best images from the greatest telescopes on Earth … and in space … and assembles them into a seamless, holistic view of the universe. This new resource will change the way we do astronomy … the way we teach astronomy … and, most importantly, I think it’s going to change the way we see ourselves in the universe. The creators of the WorldWide Telescope have now given us a way to have a dialog with our universe.”