Microsoft WorldWide Telescope 5.0.3.1 / 5.1.01 Beta

A visually-appealing application that enables users of all ages to admire and explore the universe, its planets, nebulae or constellations
Microsoft WorldWide Telescope is an application designed for exploring the universe, including planets and constellations. It can be used by users of all ages.

The interface is modern and attractive, and includes an intuitive navigational system. You can move around using the mouse cursor, zoom in and out, rotate and tilt the view. Xbox 360 controllers are supported as well.

It is possible to filter the shown layers, such as planets, constellations, grids, field of view indicators, asteroids, the Milky Way, lighting and shadows, fade to black effect, and screen broadcast.

From the bottom part of the screen you can click an element to jump to it in the view mode. Microsoft WorldWide Telescope supplies users with several collections to choose from.

Plus, you can click the mouse right button to display the finder scope and details on coordinates, magnitude, distance, planet rise and set time, among others.

Additionally, you can use a search function, adjust telescope control settings, disable smooth panning, enable full web browser, use proxies, as well as create a new figure library of constellation lines.

Unfortunately, the application has a lower-than-average response time and uses high memory. We have noticed it slowed down the runtime of other applications in our tests. Nevertheless, Microsoft WorldWide Telescope offers a fun and interactive way to explore the universe.

Reviewed by Elena Opris on September 12th, 2013


last updated on:
July 31st, 2014, 8:13 GMT
file size:
77.1 MB
price:
FREE!
developed by:
Microsoft
license type:
Freeware
operating system(s):
Windows 7 / 7 64 bit / 8 / 8 64 bit
category:
C: \ Science / CAD
download hub:
Astronomy Managers

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What's New in version 5.1.01 Beta
  • Sandbox mode: Bring in your own data from the microscopic to the scale of the universe, as we did with MIT EyeWire at TED
  • 3d Cities : Explore the same 3d Cites featured in Bing Maps Preview
  • Improvements to key-frame animation in timeline slides
  • On Screen controls are now “Auto pilot” like for cinematic real-time driving with a mouse
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Application description

The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a Web 2.0 visualization software environment that enables your computer to function a...

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