Microsoft WorldWide Telescope

Many people have heard of using Google Earth to explore the world.  Well, Microsoft has had a software that allows you to explore the cosmos in much the same way.  It really is an amazing piece of software.  Below is an except from their website that gives you a brief overview of what the software is.  The direct link for the website and the Microsoft Windows Client are located at the end of the article.

“The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a environment that enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope—bringing together imagery from the world’s best ground- and space-based telescopes for the exploration of the universe. WWT blends terabytes of images, information, and stories from multiple sources into a seamless, immersive, rich media experience delivered over the Internet. Students of all ages will feel empowered to explore and understand the cosmos using WWT’s simple and powerful user interface.”

To visit the website for more information, or to access the web-client interface please follow this link: Microsoft WorldWide Telescope

To download the current version for Windows [version 2.8.15] please follow this link: