Free stuff from Microsoft #8 – Worldwide Telescope

WorldWide Telescope enables you to explore the universe, bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world and combining it with 3D navigation. Using images from the likes of NASA and the Hubble telescope, Worldwide Telescope creates an awesome environment to explore and interact with the phenomena of the Universe directly from your desktop.

Application Name – Worldwide Telescope

Free access

System Requirements

  • Microsoft® XP SP2 (minimum), Windows® Vista®, or Windows® 7 (recommended)
  • 3D accelerated card with 128 megabytes (MB) RAM; discrete graphics card with dedicated 256-MB VRAM recommended for higher performance

If you run Mac OS X or don't meet the requirements try the Web Client

You are able to make and share fantastic guided tours, with your own narrations, using Worldwide Telescope. This is great for students to share learning , but can also be used creatively to make adverts for future Space travel or even as a film effects studio to make your own sci-fi movie.

For real impact, try projecting Worldwide telescope onto the ceiling of your classroom and have students lie down, look up and experience a virtual stargazing session.

Finally, imagine the possibilities of using Worldwide Telescope and a Kinect controller, you can see how that might look here.

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