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.
WorldWide Telescope is created with the Microsoft high performance Visual Experience Engine and allows seamless panning and zooming around the night sky, planets, and image environments. View the sky from multiple wavelenghts: See the x-ray view of the sky and zoom into bright radiation clouds, and then crossfade into the visible light view and discover the cloud remnants of a supernova explosion from a thousand years ago. Switch to the Hydrogen Alpha view to see the distribution and illumination of massive primordial hydrogen cloud structures lit up by the high energy radiation coming from nearby stars in the Milky Way. These are just two of many different ways to reveal the hidden structures in the universe with the WorldWide Telescope. Seamlessly pan and zoom from aerial views of the Moon and selected planets, as well as see their precise positions in the sky from any location on Earth and any time in the past or future with the Microsoft Visual Experience Engine.
Reviewing 126.96.36.199 (Jan 9, 2009)
Blablabla have encountered a problem and will be shut down. Pure Microsoft crap....
Reviewing 188.8.131.52 (Jan 8, 2009)
Why are people complaining about the requirements? Having only 1GB of RAM is kind of sad these days, at least 2GB is pretty much the norm now. DirectX 9.0c, a 128MB graphics card...these are high requirements?? Put away your Pentium II computers and come join us in 2009; you may like it here.
Reviewing 184.108.40.206 Autumnal Equinox Beta (Oct 31, 2008)
Heaps of potential, but crazy system requirements.
Reviewing 220.127.116.11 Spring Beta (May 29, 2008)
To people with install problems (seems like it wants to install something else?) - had this too. Put the msi/download in it's own directory and install from there.
Insane requirements -- a good graphics card, gobs of RAM, fast CPU.
I give it the highest mark because when everything is working right, it is visually stunning, and blows everything else (Celestia, Google Sky, etc) out of the water.
Now if we can only get them to release PhotoSynth for everyday joes to create their own collections, that would be something.
Addendum -- I had to uninstall the old one to get the new beta to correctly install
Reviewing Spring Beta (May 16, 2008)
Damn!. Here I thought I would be able to scope through windows in china-lol
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