WorldWide Telescope

WorldWide Telescope

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.2
  • Total Downloads:
    382,733
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 19, 2009
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    103.03MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    225
  • 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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  • Current Version

    3.6

    out of 50 votes

    • 5 star 20
    • 4 star 12
    • 3 star 4
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 10
  • 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

"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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5 stars

"Amazing view. The telescope will leave you in awe."

May 02, 2011  |  By ateamga

 |  Version: WorldWide Telescope 2.2

Pros

An amazing application, really. The shots are mind-blowing and will fill you with wonderment of our galaxy and universe.

Cons

Can't think of any at the moment to be honest.

Summary

Definitely worthy of downloading and exploring. For anyone interested in exploration of the cosmos, this is really cool stuff.

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5 stars

"Simplemente espectacular"

April 14, 2011  |  By rgvaldelamar

 |  Version: WorldWide Telescope 2.2

Pros

Las imágenes mostradas simplemente te transportan a los lugares más recónditos del Universo

Cons

Todavía no he encontrado ninguna

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4 stars

"Excellent for what it does"

February 28, 2011  |  By userlost

 |  Version: WorldWide Telescope 2.2

Pros

Great visuals and so far easy to learn controls, works in W7

Cons

Is NOT a Windows 7 replacement for Distant Suns, Im still waiting for that one.

Summary

Pretty Good.

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5 stars

"Excellent Program"

February 20, 2011  |  By palealejandro

 |  Version: WorldWide Telescope 2.2

Pros

Google Earth, but this time you're looking the other way

Cons

Must have good internet to fully enjoy it's features

Summary

Awesome!! Lots of fun to tool around with, and a great tool for understanding that awesome abyss that surrounds our heads. If you're on a weak broadband signal, I would probably refrain from downloading this.

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4 stars

"Excellent leaning tool!"

February 19, 2011  |  By rogersimpson996

 |  Version: WorldWide Telescope 2.2

Pros

Easy access, very colorful, great summaries, very enjoyable and educational.

Cons

none worth saying.

Summary

Recommended to others!

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1 stars

"MY system could not access this program"

February 06, 2011  |  By wjcurran1

 |  Version: WorldWide Telescope 2.2

Pros

looks good

Cons

could not access

Summary

Looks good but I could not acvcess

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.2
General
Publisher Microsoft
Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com/
Release Date January 19, 2009
Date Added January 19, 2009
Version 2.2
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 HDD space
Download Information
File Size 103.03MB
File Name wwtsetup.5.1.09.msi
Popularity
Total Downloads 382,733
Downloads Last Week 225
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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