WorldWide Telescope

3 03 2008

Being astronomy one of my hobbies, I was very excited to read that Microsoft was launching the Worldwide Telescope project. This will allow to travel the sky based on the images of the best/largest telescopes. I don’t know if you ever peeked through a telescope before, but anything beyond our solar system are simple black and white photos of small dots. If you want to see the pictures like the one bellow, normally you have to combine several photos of several minutes of exposure time to achieve this.


(in hublesite.org)

This means that when you peek, you won’t actually see what you can get with post production. Well, I’m drifting here…. sorry. Being outside in the cold nights (typically, the colder the better for observation) with my 7, 4 and 3 years old kids is also not viable. The WWT will be an interesting enough alternative.

There are also other softwares available that can give you night sky imagery, but from what I’ve read, this will use higher resolution images and definition.

Take a look at this presentation from TED: http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/224

WWT will be available this Spring (so they say…).

UPDATE:

A better description on what to be expected: http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/02/27/711588.aspx

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