Microsoft WorldWide Telescope


Last night my old Manteca Unified buddy and BTSA mentor who’s now in Salida, John (funny how we all move around), twittered a link to Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope. Since this software requires a Windows operating system (and I refuse to let Windows pollute my Mac – I know I’m a bit paranoid, but I remember the days when AOL would take over your computer), I haven’t been able to play with it a whole lot, but I have been reading up on it a little this morning. On Jeff Utecht’s Thinking Stick I found the TED video below.

Now, I am not sure how this program differs from Google Sky, but the WorldWide Telescope does look very cool! As soon as I get my Dell laptop back from the shop I am going to have to download it and give it a whirl. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it will play well on our student machines. It needs 1GB of RAM – our machines only have 512MB. :-( When you have a moment download the program and post a comment to let me know what you think (hint…hint…Mr. Z).



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