WorldWide Telescope

WorldWide Telescope

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 174 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.1.09
  • Total Downloads:
    383,300
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 09, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    103.03MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    63
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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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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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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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1 stars

"to heavy and slow"

October 17, 2011  |  By jqmes

 |  Version: WorldWide Telescope 2.2

Pros

Seems like I would need more ram to run it but I have no more slots to put any so I would like to deinstall it but WorldWide Telescope doesn't have a deinstallation option, same for the WWT Mars program

Cons

looks like it would be good

Summary

looks like it would be good

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4 stars

"Lots of educational information"

June 08, 2011  |  By Dane c

 |  Version: WorldWide Telescope 2.2

Pros

Great depth and color

Cons

Recommended to others

Summary

The new updated version has bad files could not open program had to delete and go back 2.2

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1 stars

"Downloaded it, but couldn't get it to run."

June 04, 2011  |  By PisceanStarman

 |  Version: WorldWide Telescope 2.2

Pros

I wasn't able to get it running.

Cons

I wasn't able to get it to run.

Summary

Being something of an armchair astronomer and astronaut, I'm sure that if I can get the program to open and run, I would love it. I deleted the program. I'll download it again and give it another try. But, only once more. After that, I won't bother with it.

Updated on Jun 4, 2011

Review update. I just re-downloaded the world wide telescope program. It opened and ran without a hitch. I have not had much time become familiar with it yet. But, I am VERY impressed. I think that I am going to have a lot of fun learning to use the program and see what it can do. The graphics are outstanding. The program seems to have a lot of "growth" potential and adaptability. I will find out it's limitations as I learn to use it. Please, by all means, upgrade the star rating I previously gave this program from one star to five stars. I AM VERY IMPRESSED!! ***message for martyjg. when you first begin download use the save and run option. Then follow the screen instructions.***

Updated on Jun 11, 2011

You can read my previous update.

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1 stars

"Did not load correctly. Did not uninstall correctly"

May 05, 2011  |  By martyjg

 |  Version: WorldWide Telescope 2.2

Pros

Unworkable.

Cons

Unworkable.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.1.09
General
Publisher Microsoft
Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com/
Release Date April 09, 2015
Date Added April 09, 2015
Version 5.1.09
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Science Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 103.03MB
File Name wwtsetup.5.1.09.msi
Popularity
Total Downloads 383,300
Downloads Last Week 63
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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