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WWT: WorldWide Telescope Academic Program

WorldWide Telescope

WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is one of the most innovative computational technologies at Microsoft Research. This successful collaboration brings together research in the fields of computer science, astronomy, and science education. This online virtual telescope allows you to explore the universe for research and education purposes.

The WWT Academic Program facilitates and enhances WWT-based research and education collaboration with academics worldwide.

For a glimpse into WorldWide Telescope, watch the WWT video that premiered at the January 2009 AAS213 Conference.

WWT Academic Program Highlights

WorldWide Telescope demonstrations at SICSCE, March 2010

  • WorldWide Telescope demoed at ACM SIGCSE 2010 conference, March 2010: In partnership with Microsoft Education, WorldWide Telescope demonstrations were carried out in full-dome-projection mode at the 41st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education. WorldWide Telescope tours and talks were held in an inflatable dome, enabling visitors to see WorldWide Telescope in an immersive 3D environment.
  • WorldWide Telescope Ambassadors Program: launched in January 2010 in partnership with Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and WGBH, the WWT Ambassadors Program is recruiting astronomically-literate volunteers, including retired scientists engineers—all of whom will be trained to be experts in using WWT as a teaching tool. WWT Ambassadors will help to increase science literacy in the general public while forming intergenerational connections within their communities.
  • WorldWide Telescope Aphelion release, September 2009: New releases of both the Windows and web client are now available with many new features and bug fixes. The Windows client has photo-realistic rendering of the Earth and Sun, as well as shadows of Jupiter's moons. The new Cosmos rendering incorporates the most advanced view of the universe outside of our Galaxy ever available. Both versions include new features for professional astronomers, including displaying FITS images and Virtual Observatory queries. For details visit the data blog.
  • NASA and Microsoft collaborate on sharing images in WorldWide Telescope
    NASA and Microsoft Corp. have joined forces to develop the technology and infrastructure necessary to make the most interesting NASA content—including high-resolution scientific images and data from Mars and the moon—explorable on WorldWide Telescope, Microsoft’s online virtual telescope for exploring the universe.
Conferences and Workshops
  • WWT at IVOA
    Naples, Italy, May 16–19, 2011
  • WWT at Astroviz
    Seattle, WA, June 4–5, 2011
  • WWT at dotAstronomy
    Oxford, UK, Apr 2–6, 2011
  • WWT at AAS 217
    Seattle, WA, January 9–13, 2011
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