WorldWide Telescope

WorldWide Telescope

Download Editors' Rating:
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Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 174 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    Not available
  • Total Downloads:
    383,738
  • Date Added:
    May 13, 2008
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    91.32MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    73
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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WorldWide Telescope is free software from Microsoft that lets users explore the universe with impressive content from the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory Center, and other famed ground- and space-based telescopes. Colorful nebulae, distant galaxies, black holes, and radiation clouds are all accessible from your desktop with a few clicks.

The main WorldWide Telescope interface includes seven tabs for navigating: Explore, Guided Tours, Search, Community, Telescope, View, and Settings. Some of the tabs, such as Explore and Search, include collapsible submenus with further options at the bottom of the interface. The bulk of the screen is devoted to displaying detailed images of objects throughout the universe.

You can move around the sky by clicking with your left mouse and dragging the screen. There are multiple mouse and keyboard commands for rotating and tilting the view, and zooming in and out. Right-click on any object to learn more about it. You can save your favorite places in the universe to visit them later under "My Collections," and you can watch guided tours of the universe conducted by experts and users. You can also add text, images, and shapes to enhance your tour, and you can even layer a soundtrack and voice over.

There are a few niggling bugs--zooming with the mouse wheel is inaccurate, canceling the download of a guided tour crashes the program, and the help content is hidden underneath the Explore drop-down menu. However, the software boasts a hoard of amazing telescope imagery to be explored as well as very cool features that let you view, save, and manage that imagery in many different ways. WorldWide Telescope appears to be an invaluable tool for hobbyists, astronomers, students, educators, or anyone curious about the universe.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.6

    out of 119 votes

    • 5 star 46
    • 4 star 30
    • 3 star 13
    • 2 star 5
    • 1 star 25
  • All Versions

    3.6

    out of 174 votes

    • 5 star 68
    • 4 star 45
    • 3 star 17
    • 2 star 9
    • 1 star 35
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1 stars

"Poor quality graphics makes the experience revolting!"

January 30, 2015  |  By BoredStiff21

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Its free
Its a good idea

Cons

The game or graphics engine is of a poor quality, games have superior effects and capabilities and use the Directx library. Considering Bill Gates' wealth you would think his philanthropy would make this project a superior content creation tool with models and abilities that would revile games, but no its a very poor presentation. It doesn't even use the radar mapping data as a height map or a decent resolution height map to form a high density mesh. Yeah, I know the excuse, not everyone has a high quality graphics card. But Directx allows for the scaling of graphics cards so that those with capable cards can enjoy a decent experience. Despite that the entire approach of the project will not benefit from the advancement of technology as people gain better graphics abilities in lower end devices. Too bad, this is a very good idea for teaching and attracting young people to astronomy.

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3 stars

"So far no occasion to validate update. first issue fine"

February 14, 2009  |  By ed vliegen

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

easy handling, rather good resolutions for most parts of maps and photografic.

Cons

Disturbing flued areas for unreal reasons? military zone very detailed, adjacent civil streets flue?? is this a goof-up?

Summary

see above points

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5 stars

"Great - FOR ANY AGE!"

February 06, 2009  |  By twinsri

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Excellent learning tool!

Cons

TAKES A LITTLE GETTING USED TO.

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5 stars

"Wonderful system which shows outside space"

January 29, 2009  |  By tahtah2

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

I am in love with Space, and this program fills my needs

Cons

It needs better imaging resolutions.

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1 stars

"it seriously sucks"

January 19, 2009  |  By Repoman1122

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

nothing but the same old rubbish

Cons

try some unbiased tech review, two steps above the moron level

Summary

still it sucks.

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1 stars

"Don't like it"

January 08, 2009  |  By Researcher

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Yuk!-Yuk-Yuk-Yuk

Cons

Double Yuk!

Summary

Yuk-Yuk!

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1 stars

"not very good"

January 06, 2009  |  By pdog456

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Pros

not very good

Cons

not very good

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4 stars

"good product"

December 28, 2008  |  By hadd_suff

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

i can see about galaxy

Cons

i never don't like this product

Summary

i like this product because it's help me to know about galaxy

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5 stars

"Truly specctacular!"

December 08, 2008  |  By microbiojen

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Beautiful, simple, elegant.

Cons

The system requirements are pretty intense. If your system keeps crashing or if the program keeps pegging your processor, you're probably falling short of the requirements. Go buy new hardware!

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3 stars

"It's good and a little better than google maps"

December 07, 2008  |  By dkdaniel11

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

It opens faster than other telescopes like google maps and has a lot of extra options which can be used and seen

Cons

It takes time to load at startup.

Summary

It's kinda the best

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Publisher Microsoft
Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com/
Release Date May 13, 2008
Date Added May 13, 2008
Version
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Science Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista
Additional Requirements Windows XP/Vista, 2GHz CPU, 1GB RAM, 3D-accelerated video card with 128MB VRAM, 1GB disk space
Download Information
File Size 91.32MB
File Name WWTSetup.5.2.9.msi
Popularity
Total Downloads 383,738
Downloads Last Week 73
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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