Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Worldwide Telescope

Are you interested in astronomy? Do you want to explore far away galaxies and nebulae seated at your desk? If you said yes then you must check out Microsoft's Worldwide Telescope! This tool uses images from some of the most prominent telescopes like Hubble and puts them on your computer screen - for free! It is a visual experience not to be missed so check out this link and try it for yourself.

"Users can see the X-ray view of the sky, 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," explained Roy Gould, a researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

"[It's] a beautiful platform for explaining and getting people excited about astronomy, and I think the professional astronomers will come to use it as well," said Roy Williams of the California Institute of Technology (Link)

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