Two Big Telescopes in Austin for SXSW and one Big Screen

Today starts South by Southwest Interactive and the Worldwide Telescope team is working with NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute to delivery a exhibit around the James Webb Space Telescope that is close to out of this world.   There is the full scale model of the JWST and the wall sized display of the…


Astronomy to go: UW readies new portable planetarium | Powered by Worldwide Telescope

It’s great to see the University of Washington planetarium  showcased in this UW Today article.  The UW team headed up by Phil Rosenfield has really figured out how to bring Astronomy to the students directly and really engage them.  The WWT team at MSR is excited to see students learn about Astronomy and see in…


WorldWide Telescope and Kinect on really big screen at SC11

For the last couple of days at Supercomputer 2011 we’ve been demoing WorldWide Telescope being driven via Kinect for Windows – probably the single largest Kinect driven application out there.  While we’ve done something like this before (ie. Mix’11), this time we partnered with Scalable Display Technologies and NVIDIA to create a 18×7 foot single…


Pushing Data into WWT – via Excel and LCapi

Last week the Worldwide Telescope team put out some tools to support astronomy and earth-system science with a strong emphasis on time-series support and 3-D rendering.  This includes the beta release of new tools and SDK for WWT.  They include: WWT Excel Add-in WWT Client Layer Control API (LCapi) SDK WWT Excel Add-in – Excel…


AstroViz 2011 Workshop–June 4 & 5

If you are a professional or student interested in visualizing astronomy data then you should not miss the Astro-Viz 2011 workshop. We invite participants who span a broad range of interests and expertise, including: visualization and graphics experts, illustrators/animators, planetarium developers and media. The goal for this workshop is discussion on the development of visualization…


Finding Hubble in the WorldWide Telescope

The folks at HubbleSite.org have a good overview on how to view the magnificent images in WorldWide Telescope.    Bring the power of the Hubble Space Telescope to your computer screen, browsing the universe for astronomical phenomena in striking detail. Hubble images in full resolution are now available through Microsoft Research’s free WorldWide Telescope (WWT) software….


WWT and Kinect Demo at MIX–the universe at your fingertips.

Ever wonder when you’d see the “Minority Report” beyond the silver screen?   Beyond the FX you need the technology that will enable the vision – with Kinect we finally have the technology and tools to enable the magic of software to enable the experience. At MIX11 the WWT team showed the integration of NUI  via…


TeraPixel–Largest, Smoothest Image in the World

As part of the WorldWide Telescope Apogee release yesterday we also released TeraPixel – the largest, smoothest image of the sky – a spherical image that we believe is the worlds largest image available for anyone to view.  First thing to understand how large a TeraPixel image is – it’s a Million by Million pixels…


New WorldWide Telescope Release–includes Martian experience WWT|Mars

Today at the MSR Faculty Summit we released the latest version of WorldWide Telescope – the Apogee release.  Included in the release are two major features TeraPixel – Worlds largest, smoothest seamless image of the sky WWT|Mars – The Martian experience – collaboration with NASA to bring the HiRise imagery to WorldWide Telescope.  See info…


More Cat’s Eye Nebula – via Bing and WWT

Today’s Bing Image of the day is the Cats Eye Nebula – if you want to explore it more you can see it in the WorldWide Telescope Web Client    Bing