Narwhal comes up for air

Narwhal is a geoscience-focused Developer Toolkit that simplifies getting data into WWT. I wrote the prototype and Nels Oscar created the first release last summer (2012). Narwhal is available for download here. While the next Narwhal release will probably be October 2013 I wanted to take a minute to catalog what Narwhal can do together with ideas…

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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…

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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…

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Layerscape WWT Workshop Tutorial

I’ve created the first in a sequence of Layerscape tutorials as a Power Point deck. This is — of course — published at Layerscape and has garnered rave reviews. Well, one rave review anyway. Here’s what it takes you through: Getting the tools installed on your PC Starting up the Excel Add In for WWT Generating some…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 Cross Posted from Dan Fay’s Blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/dan_fay)

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Happy 2nd Birthday WorldWide Telescope

Today is the 2nd anniversary of the launch of WWT – congrats to Jonathan, Curtis, and the rest of the small team.  Besides the initial windows client (that lead to Scoble’s post – Microsoft researchers make me cry) there is the web client (silverlight), a web control, and the Bing Map WWT addin. There is…

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WWT Fisheye and spherical mirror projection

In the latest WWT release put out on Tax Day (April 15th) – one of the features that was included was the ability to utilize WWT in different projections – so you can use WWT in Planetariums. Below Paul Bourke tested those features out on his iDome (btw – I’d love to get my hands…

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