Microsoft launches Worldwide Telescope project

This was demo-ed last week at an innovation key-note during the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Event.

The demo looked lovely and the product can be downloaded from here: www.worldwidetelescope.org. Note you need the .net framework installed so not sure what you Steve Jobs groupies will do……

It seems much better visually than the Google Earth plug-in for planets, however what really caught my eye was the ‘Telling Stories’ function which once again seemed to work really smoothly – Microsoft are really pushing it as a tool for children (and astronomy geeks…) to aid learning and build community. I’ll try it out on my kids and see what they think of it…..

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