Microsoft WorldWide Telescope

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Today Johan van der Kooij (a colleague) showed me some new stuff what Microsoft is releasing this spring : WorldWide Telescope.

A quote from the website :

_The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a rich visualization environment that functions as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground and space telescopes in the world for a seamless, guided exploration of the universe.

WorldWide Telescope, created with Microsoft’s high-performance Visual Experience Engine™, enables seamless panning and zooming across the night sky blending terabytes of images, data, and stories from multiple sources over the Internet into a media-rich, immersive experience.

UPDATE : James Senior also blogged about it and he linked to a video were you can see a demonstration.

 

ps. Yes, I know Google already has something similar called Sky in their application Google Earth.