Did You Catch the Amazing Race Last Night?

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That’s right! Last night on the season premiere of the Amazing Race, Bing Maps was there! Using the visual experience engine from Microsoft which powered the WordWide Telescope (WWT) and Bing Maps, viewers could visualize the contestants’ route. The WorldWide Telescope is released as a free resource to the scientific community with the hope that it will inspire and empower people to explore and understand the universe like never before.…

Microsoft Research and NASA Add Mars to WorldWide Telescope and Bing Maps

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Today the Microsoft Research team behind WorldWide Telescope added the much anticipated Mars imagery from NASA. Microsoft Research and NASA are providing an entirely new experience to users of the WorldWide Telescope, which will allow visitors to interact with and explore our solar system like never before. Viewers can now take exclusive interactive tours of the Red Planet, hear directly from NASA scientists, and view and explore the most complete,…

WorldWide Telescope – Solstice Borealis Release

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The Microsoft Research team responsible for WorldWide Telescope has just pushed out another update (v 2.2.41.1). Code named "Solstice Borealis" the new release includes a couple sweet and mind boggling features. National Virtual Observatory Cone Search / Registry Lookup – Search through the United States NVO registry to find information about astronomical bodies. You’ll find this under Search then VO Cone Search / Registry Lookup. Once the screen comes up,…

WorldWide Telescope – New Release!

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The Microsoft Research Team has released an updated version of WorldWide Telescope for free download. The new release is jammed packed with features including my favorite, 3D Solar System and Universe View (plug in your X-Box controller prior to running WWT for fully immersive 3D tranquility). If there was ever a way to grasp how little we really are, this will certainly help put things in perspective. You thought flying…

WorldWide Telescope Stars in Virtual Earth

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I haven’t talked about WorldWide Telescope since it launched; but, since Microsoft Virtual Earth is a part of that Microsoft Research project I thought it would interest some of you that we decided to include some of the WorldWide Telescope into Virtual Earth. Did you know that the Virtual Earth data centers host all of the data for WWT and that the actual Earth in WWT are Virtual Earth tiles?…

Worldwide Telescope Now Available!

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The long awaited Microsoft Worldwide Telescope is now available for download! Start exploring the galaxy, the universe and yes, even the Virtual Earth – well, it is a planet you know, so why wouldn’t it be included? This tool is absolutely sick and will be the next “must have” application for those late nights under the stars – perfect timing for summer! View other user’s collections; explore the galaxies; search…