At this week's TED conference, Microsoft announced a groundbreaking software that will bring the farthest regions of the universe to your desktop—but will it soon be the only way to see the night sky?
World Wide Telescope: The World Wide Telescope will let users zoom and pan through distances stretching to the farthest reaches of the known universe and stop in for a closer look at just about any object they encounter. Microsoft
Playing with Google Earth is an immensely gratifying experience. You swoop in like a superhero and pan around as though you're hovering over your own house. Imagine if you were able to do all that in the other direction, out into space. This spring, Microsoft is poised to release the World Wide Telescope
, which promises to do just that and more, on a scale of galactic proportions.
Microsoft has assembled an application of tremendous depth and breadth using data from the Hubble and land-based telescopes around the world.