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The World Wide Telescope by Microsoft
Astronomy and Exploration
If ever I saw a star.
Oh do I look at the stars. Were it dark and both light?
I see them at night.
Purple or is it white? Or only close in sight?
White in my distance,
Luminous , if it were within a touches sight.
What do we see when we look to the stars? In these words depicted above. Two seperate people looking to the sky. One with eyes that only see and one with eyes that only hear.
Imagination and sight are both beautiful in the night. And as children with wish on them and wonder,through them. And imagine because of them. Stories told in the stars,Galileo's discovery. Our eternal stars.
At times we find ourselves looking to the night sky. We remember what is like to be children, again. The stars help us to imagine. And wonder. With time we realize our eyes see, but a glimpse of their beauty. And with technology we find the stars within are grasp.
The World Wide Telescope by Microsoft (www.worldwidetelescope.org) is interactive and guided. With tours of our solar system and beyond. Teaching and exploring through the site is easy. The home page lets you download the program to your computer for free. There is an educators tour of the World Wide Telescope for students and educators in both informal and formal settings. Including tabs that access with access to. WWT Equinox overview, Using the Observing Tim, Using the Image, Interactive Tours/Creating a tour and making your own Constellation.
My favorite is looking at the Nebula's as shown in the pictures, here. The telescope allows you to interactively travel deep into space through it's program. There are Nebula's,Galaxies,Surveys,and Planets tabs that make it easy to search and look at what ever interests you most. With the Milkyways pending collision with the Andromeda Galaxy(M31)The impact with the M31 with Francis Reddy is discussed in the site.
In the Survey,Fermi Gamma-ray Space by Kamal S. Prasad. In Planets Galileo's New Order. Narrated by Robert Kirshenr. In the interactive, an explanation of why Galileo's telescopic observations of Jupitor and it's moons in 1610, is so important in the history of the study of astrophysics.
There is also narratives. Some on the search for extra Solar planets,surface features of Mars and of the Moon.
The Apollo Missions 12 to 14 with landing site panoramas, and mercury surface tour are sure to get those whom dream of space travel themselves, something to envy. The moons of Mars, Adio's Phoenix and descriptions of the Phoenix lander Mission is shown.
In the tours section. You can find objects of whatever interests you. I always search in Tauri. That is my star sign and enjoy looking at that section of the sky. Some stars really do shine more brightly than others. The tours section is where you install the WWT, find an educators resource, the dome project and find a place to share the WWT with friends and family via social media.