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WWT for IYA2009 and Beyond @ AAS213

In this splinter event at the American Astronomical Society 213th Meeting (AAS213), Microsoft Research presented the WorldWide Telescope (WWT), a virtual telescope that is designed to enhance your experience in research, teaching/learning, and entertainment for your IYA2009 and beyond.


Our goal is to update existing users with the latest version and solutions of WWT, provide a hands-on environment to jump start new users, and learn from you at AAS213 for further improving WWT.

Invited speakers included Alyssa Goodman of Harvard University, George Djorgovski and Robert Hurt of CalTech, Alberto Conti of Space Telescope, and Chenzhou Cui of Chinese Academy of Sciences.


Room #203A, Exhibit Hall C, Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center


The agenda for this event follows.

Monday, January 5

18:00 - 21:00

Welcome Reception

·         Cheese, wine/beer, soft drinks, crackers, vegetables

·         Give-aways (Microsoft/WWT logo-tagged items)

Tuesday, January 6

10:00 – 12:00

Invited Speeches

10:00 – 10:05

Yan Xu (Microsoft Research)

Welcome and Logistics

10:05 – 12:00


Alyssa Goodman (Harvard University)

 A Professional Astronomer’s View through the WorldWide Telescope

Part 1: WWT as a Preview of 21st Century e-Research in Astronomy

Part 2: WWT and the Astronomical Literature

Part 3: Synthesis: Communities, Tours, Collections, and More

Q & A

Chenzhou Cui (National Astronomical Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences)

WorldWide Telescope and the Total Eclipse 2009

Q & A

Alberto Conti (Space Telescope Science Institute)

New Frontiers in Astronomy: The Multimission Archive at Space Telescope and WWT

Q & A

12:00 – 13:00

Break & Open discussion (20 WWT systems available for hands-on experience)

13:00 – 17:00

WWT for Sharing Astronomical Imagery/Data and Knowledge

13:00 – 17:50

 Jonathan Fay (Microsoft Research)


·         Introduction to WWT

·         Hands-on tutorial – Getting Started with the WorldWide Telescope

17:00 – 19:30

Open Discussions

  • Q&A – share questions and answers collected at the event

·         1:1 discussions

Wednesday, January 7

10:00 – 12:00

Invited Speeches

10:00 – 12:00

George Djorgovski (CalTech)

The WoldWide Telescope as a Novel Research and Publishing Platform

·         WWT as a new way of displaying and organizing information

·         WWT as a tool for exploring visual and contextual correlations

·         WWT and the semantic web of astronomy

Q & A

Lisa Dettloff & Curtis Wong


Robert Hurt (CalTech)


12:00 – 13:00

Break & Open discussions

13:00 – 15:30

WWT for Publishing and Story Telling

13:00 – 15:30

Jonathan Fay, Dinoj Surendran, & Curtis Wong (Microsoft Research)

·         WWT Tour – An Innovative Authoring and Publishing Tool

·         Hands-on tutorial – How to Create WWT Tour

·         A WWT Tour Inspired by You at AAS213


Raffle tickets were available to all attendees for daily draw of total 50 prizes at the event.

One special prize from AAS was drawn at the end of the event on Wednesday.