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Microsoft WorldWide Telescope (Public Beta) Now Available

11:00 am on May 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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As reported back in February [webmasterworld.com] Microsoft R&D has been developing an interesting astronomy application allowing users to see pictures from a variety of observatories. The software is now available for download as a public beta.

WorldWide Telescope is a rich 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.

Press release [microsoft.com]

11:26 am on May 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Downloaded and installed ..really nice quality if you adjust it under Settings. Thanks for sharing
3:40 pm on May 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Wow, you really need to know your stuff to make this thing work. Very cool graphics once you figure out how to move things around.

One challenge I foresee is everytime to want to watch a tour you need to download it one tour was 5mg, this could get pretty hefty on the computer if you get into it.

Very cool idea, will spend some more time trying to get it to work.

3:57 pm on May 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Took a couple of the Black hole guided tours... totally awesome! I felt like I was at one of those space/science centers that have galaxy shows on the ceiling.

Just imagine the quality of education one can get on space from anywhere with an Internet connection. I can't wait to see what they do with it.

9:58 pm on May 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Andy thanks for sharing I downloaded it during lunch and checked it out I have been waiting for this to come out since I heard about it last month. The really cool thing is I can even check out the night skies in your neck of the woods and I don't even have to be there it's going to really give the classroom a new way to show the stars.

The audio ads the extra bonus that you don't get out of the other tool out on the net.

Great move from Microsoft and TED.

10:27 pm on May 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Awesome stuff, the guided tours rock! Feature request: Ability to set as screen saver with random guided tours!
9:49 pm on May 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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It is a great program. Familiar design, runs smooth and no crashes for me. Already beats the other stuff i've used ;)
8:12 am on May 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

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What are the WorldWide Telescope minimum system requirements

For PC?
9:24 am on May 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

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All the requirements are listed here:
9:39 am on May 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Very nice but it remains a windows only application...
I wont use it. Google has the same thing that works on all platforms.