WorldWide Telescope

WorldWide Telescope

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 173 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    Not available
  • Total Downloads:
    380,770
  • Date Added:
    May 13, 2008
  • File Size:
    60.72MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    66
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista

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 118 votes

    • 5 star 46
    • 4 star 30
    • 3 star 13
    • 2 star 5
    • 1 star 24
  • All Versions

    3.6

    out of 173 votes

    • 5 star 68
    • 4 star 45
    • 3 star 17
    • 2 star 9
    • 1 star 34
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  • 4 stars

    "This is tooo good"

    September 08, 2013   |   By martinyahoo

    Version: WorldWide Telescope 3.0

    Pros

    I love the color and the dementions it brings

    Cons

    I don't have a telescope to connect

    Summary

    I Like this a lot!!

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  • 4 stars

    "Great for scientific understanding of the universe."

    March 29, 2012   |   By thigmotaxi

    Version: WorldWide Telescope 3.0

    Pros

    Views all solar system planets and distant stars.

    Cons

    Google Earth has one attached to their download as an also ran. Very similar.

    Summary

    Personal study of the solar system and universe is recommended with this system. (Similar to Google Earth's add on program).

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  • 5 stars

    "Pretty Good...but very slow on my 32-bit XP platform."

    March 21, 2012   |   By mschmahlesq

    Version: WorldWide Telescope 3.0

    Pros

    Awesome photos and lots of views and options.

    Cons

    I can't seem to find the date and time stamp for the views, and I don't see any links for any REAL-TIME views (if they are even available).

    Summary

    Nice program. Sucks a lot of memory on older systems. Real-time views and/or date/time stamps would be a nice option (they may be there, but I can't find them).

    Updated on Mar 21, 2012

    Thought I gave it 4.5 starts, but it bumped up to five. Close enough I guess.

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  • 5 stars

    "Makes you feel in a Spaceship with fast controls and .."

    November 16, 2011   |   By rkshah10

    Version: WorldWide Telescope 3.0

    Pros

    So many, difficult to list, rather one must experience himself to expereince firsthand. All the features are nicely combined and a truly make you happy package. Best part of it is - It is totally free...

    Cons

    Yet to find...

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  • 4 stars

    "Nice views of the Solar System."

    November 13, 2011   |   By GCG1000

    Version: WorldWide Telescope 3.0

    Pros

    Good slide show capability. Many Features.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

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    What's new in version
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    General
    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, Windows, Windows Vista
    Additional Requirements Windows XP/Vista, 2GHz CPU, 1GB RAM, 3D-accelerated video card with 128MB VRAM, 1GB disk space
    Download Information
    File Size 60.72MB
    File Name WWTSetupPenumbra.msi
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 380,770
    Downloads Last Week 66
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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