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The WorldWide Telescope was released on the 12th May, 2008.



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Title: WorldWide Telescope in Research and Education
Authors: Alyssa Goodman, Jonathan Fay, August Muench, Alberto Pepe, Patricia Udomprasert, Curtis Wong

The WorldWide Telescope computer program, released to researchers and the public as a free resource in 2008 by Microsoft Research, has changed the way the ever-growing Universe of online astronomical data is viewed and understood. The WWT program can be thought of as a scriptable, interactive, richly visual browser of the multi-wavelength Sky as we see it from Earth, and of the Universe as we would travel within it. In its web API format, WWT is being used as a service to display professional research data. In its desktop format, WWT works in concert (thanks to SAMP and other IVOA standards) with more traditional research applications such as ds9, Aladin and TOPCAT. The WWT Ambassadors Program (founded in 2009) recruits and trains astrophysically-literate volunteers (including retirees) who use WWT as a teaching tool in online, classroom, and informal educational settings. Early quantitative studies of WWTA indicate that student experiences with WWT enhance science learning dramatically. Thanks to the wealth of data it can access, and the growing number of services to which it connects, WWT is now a key linking technology in the Seamless Astronomy environment we seek to offer researchers, teachers, and students alike.

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Microsoft Terapixel: largest, clearest image of night sky ever produced

Tech and research giant Microsoft says it has produced the largest and clearest image of the night sky ever - and it's a terapixel in size.
How big is a terapixel, you ask? 1,000,000,000,000 pixels, or a million megapixels. (To compare, most consumer digital SLR cameras shoot photos around 10 megapixels.)

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Today, Microsoft Research and NASA are providing an entirely new experience to users of the WorldWide Telescope, which will allow visitors to interact with and explore our solar system like never before. Viewers can now take exclusive interactive tours of the Red Planet, hear directly from NASA scientists, and view and explore the most complete, highest-resolution coverage of Mars available.
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NASA and Microsoft Provide Mars 3-D Close Encounter

NASA and Microsoft Research are bringing Mars to life with new features in the WorldWide Telescope software that provide viewers with a high-resolution 3-D map of the Red Planet.
Microsoft's online virtual telescope explores the universe using images NASA spacecraft return from other worlds. Teams at NASA's Ames Research Centre in Moffett Field, Calif., and Microsoft in Redmond, Wash., jointly developed the software necessary to make NASA's planetary data available in WorldWide Telescope.

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The WorldWide Telescope was released on the 12th May, 2008.


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WWT Bing Maps shows you a representation of the sky above you in real time from any location.
To launch WWT Bing Maps, you need to enable the telescope pointer, which you need to drag onto the map. You can then navigate the heavens the same way you do Bing Maps by grabbing an area and dragging the map around.
Bing Maps requires the use of JavaScript and Silverlight.

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Version 2.5.32.1 now available

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WorldWide Telescope Aphelion Release - Web Version Now Beta
New releases of both the Windows and web Client are now available with many new features and bug fixes. The Windows Client has photo-realistic rendering of the Earth and Sun, as well as shadows of Jupiter's moons. The new Cosmos rendering incorporates the most advanced view of the universe outside of our Galaxy ever available. Both versions include new features for professional astronomers, including displaying FITS images and Virtual Observatory queries.

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