image Microsoft Research’s WorldWide Telescope has become Web-based, so there is no need to download any program. Any Web browser supporting Silverlight 2.0 can enjoy this amazing tool. Stargazers will get a virtual telescope to enjoy imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world.

The beauty of using Silverlight is the Web based can match most of the features of the desktop application, including the following:

  • Access to hundreds of terabytes of sky, earth and planet data
  • Ability to navigate seamlessly through 3D spherical environments
  • Finder Scope to quickly identify astronomical objects
  • Instant thumbnail previews of tens of thousands of popular astronomical objects
  • Access to billions of objects in web-based astronomical catalogue
  • Loading tours, images and other WorldWide Telescope data files on local machine
  • Real-time positions of planets and moons
  • Move forwards and backwards in time 2000 years
  • View guided tours (without 3D planets)
  • Browsing local user collections
  • Virtual Observatory Cone search/registry look up and SIMBAD search

[Microsoft Channel10]

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