World Wide 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. You can view the sky from multiple wavelengths: See the x-ray view of the sky and zoom into bright radiation clouds, and then cross fade 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 World Wide Telescope. Seamlessly pan and zoom from aerial views of the Moon and selected planets, as well as you can 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.
Loaded site into the beowser looks like this:
WWT is a single rich application portal that blends terabytes of images, information, and stories from multiple sources over the Internet into a seamless, immersive, rich media experience. Kids of all ages will feel empowered to explore and understand the universe with its simple and powerful user interface. Microsoft Research is dedicating World Wide Telescope to the memory of Jim Gray and is releasing WWT as a free resource to the astronomy and education communities with the hope that it will inspire and empower people to explore and understand the universe like never before. How will you start exploring? Click the top of the Guided Tours tab and then click the Welcome thumbnail to watch a guided tour showing you how to navigate in WWT. Or as you know, go to the Help option. The help in WWT in nicely organized… to guide your steps to the universe. Celestial objects radiate energy over an extremely wide range of wavelengths from radio waves to infrared, optical to ultraviolet, x-rays and even gamma rays. However, the physical processes inside these objects can only be understood by combining observations at several wavelengths. There are many impressive archives painstakingly constructed from observations associated with an instrument, for example, the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), and the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS). Each of these archives is interesting in itself and carries important information about the nature of celestial objects, but the comprehensive analysis of observations require the combining data from multiple instruments at different wavelengths. WWT offers access to various temporal and multi-spectral studies astronomic data and literature to anyone with an Internet connection.
This is the link for Microsoft WorldWide Telescope download:
Fully functional software screen looks like this:
This is the captured screen of the software WWT while i was using it. The planet venus passing w.r.t time (Live tracking by the telescope). The displacement of the planet venus can be seen in the next image.
The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a step toward the "democratization" of the conduct of science. The Internet will become, as astronomers put it, "the world´s best telescope"--a supercomputer at your desktop. The mission of the WWT is twofold: To aggregate scientific data from major telescopes, observatories and institutions and make temporal and multi-spectral studies available through a single cohesive Internet–based portal. To re-awaken the interest for science in the younger generations through astronomy and new technologies through the virtual observatory of the WWT. This also provides a wonderful base for teaching astronomy, scientific discovery, and computational science. WWT is a powerful “virtual observatory” for scientists, educators, and the public. Researching the sky as easy as viewing a Web site and is accessible to everyone with an Internet connection. WWT also contains features to help you explore the Earth, satellites, such as the Moon, and 360 degree panoramas of Yosemite’s Half Dome and other locations. Also you can view the locations of planets in the night sky — in the past, present or future. 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. Microsoft’s mission to make the universe accessible to everyone was begun years ago by renowned Microsoft Senior Researcher Jim Gray. WorldWide Telescope is built on top of Gray’s pioneering development of large-scale, high-performance online databases including SkyServer and his contributions to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, a project to map a large part of the Northern sky outside of the galaxy. Microsoft Research is releasing WorldWide Telescope as a service free of charge to the astronomy and education communities as a tribute to Gray with the hope that it will inspire and empower kids of all ages to explore and understand the universe in an unprecedented way. WorldWide Telescope minimum system requirements for PC : *Microsoft® XP SP2 (minimum), Windows® Vista® (recommended) *PC with Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 2 GigaHertz (GHz) or faster, recommended *1 gigabyte (GB) of RAM; 2 GB RAM recommended *3D accelerated card with 128 megabytes (MB) RAM; discrete graphics card with dedicated 256-MB VRAM recommended for higher performance 1 GB of available hard disk space; 10 GB recommended for off-line features and higher performance browsing XGA (1024 x 768) or higher resolution monitor. *Microsoft Mouse or any compatible pointing and scrolling device *Microsoft® DirectX® version 9.0c and .NET Framework 2.0 *Required for some features; Internet connection at 56 Kbps or higher through either an Internet service provider (ISP) or a network. Internet access might require a separate fee to an ISP; local or long-distance telephone charges might also apply. This is the site for Microsoft WorldWide Telescope download, Microsoft WorldWide Telescope or www.worldwidetelescope.org/ So follow the link and get downloaded. There are lots of things inside the software and using techniques, all I can’t explain at the place. You will have to play with the WWT lot, and come out with the new research. It I’ll be better if you have unlimited downloading capacity from you ISP (Internet Service Provider), broadband internet connection. Because the images on the WWT is heavy in size.All though I tried it on 56 kbps dialup modem, and also through GPRS (Mobile internet connected to the computer) with the speed of 5-12 kbps. It was satisfactory, except it was taking little more time. So enjoy the WWT and come out with the new research to the universe, help the science with your imaginations.