Microsoft WorldWide Telescope is a free application that allows you to explore the universe from your computer. offers more than a planetarium with tours, free exploration of options, the community, and an active search function telescope connection. You can start an application directly to the official website, provided that you have installed Microsoft Silverlight, or download the client for your operating system Windows, instead. desktop client is approximately 70 MB right now. Microsoft recommends a fast enough computer with at least 2 GB of RAM and a 3D-accelerator card, and 1 GB free space on the hard drive and up to 10 for off-line features and high performance browser.
The tour can be especially interesting, as they run more or less automated in full screen mode. But instead of displaying images, they also offer text information or audio commentary. There are many different tours available for galaxies, individual planets, supernovae and nebulae. One interesting features is the ability to create your own tours, and to share with other users tours. Including the search can be used to search for planets, constellations, and everything else you can think of, by entering the name or partial name in the search form. If you know, you can also enter the distance.
Here’s a video introduction WorldWide Telescope Roy Gould.
WorldWide Telescope has two main functions: In aggregate scientific data from major telescopes, observatories and institutions and make temporal and multi-spectral studies available through a single, cohesive portal To stimulate interest in science among the younger generation, providing strong base for teaching astronomy, scientific discovery and computational science WorldWide Telescope from Microsoft has just been released in a new version for the desktop. 3 beta version is now available for download from the official website. If you are interested in the stars, then I suggest you give the application a try, it’s great.