Microsoft Research Launches Worldwide Telescope Beta

Posted May 13, 2008

“The WorldWide Telescope is a powerful tool for science and education that makes it possible for everyone to explore the universe. By combining terabytes of incredible imagery and data with easy-to-use software for viewing and moving through all that information, the WorldWide Telescope opens the door to new ways to see and experience the wonders of space. Our hope is that it will inspire young people to explore astronomy and science, and help researchers in their quest to better understand the universe.”
-Bill Gates, Microsoft’s chairman

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has announced that they have launched WorldWide Telescope today.  This allows users to see the same imagery in the universe as scientists at NASA.  The imagery is put together using Chandra X-Ray, the Observatory Center, Sloan Digital Sky Survey and other telescopes.

Users will be able to select a telescope that they want to look through.  Users can also view planet locations from the past, present, and future.  The foundation of WorldWide Telescope is based on the work of Jim Gray, Senior Researcher at Microsoft  Microsoft.  As a tribute to Gray, Microsoft is making WorldWide Telescope free. 

Some of the other features includes zooming and panning as well as guided tours.  Some of the features are similar to Google Sky.

Information Source:
[1] Microsoft PressPass: WorldWide Telescope Brings Space Exploration to Earth