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  • Blog Post: Narwhal comes up for air

    Narwhal is a geoscience-focused Developer Toolkit that simplifies getting data into WWT . I wrote the prototype and Nels Oscar created the first release last summer (2012). Narwhal is available for download here . While the next Narwhal release will probably be October 2013 I wanted to take a minute...
  • Blog Post: Two Big Telescopes in Austin for SXSW and one Big Screen

    Today starts South by Southwest Interactive and the Worldwide Telescope team is working with NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute to delivery a exhibit around the James Webb Space Telescope that is close to out of this world.   There is the full scale model of the JWST and the wall...
  • Blog Post: Astronomy to go: UW readies new portable planetarium | Powered by Worldwide Telescope

    It’s great to see the University of Washington planetarium  showcased in this UW Today article.  The UW team headed up by Phil Rosenfield has really figured out how to bring Astronomy to the students directly and really engage them.  The WWT team at MSR is excited to see students learn...
  • Blog Post: Layerscape WWT Workshop Tutorial

    I've created the first in a sequence of Layerscape tutorials as a Power Point deck. This is -- of course -- published at Layerscape and has garnered rave reviews. Well, one rave review anyway. Here's what it takes you through: Getting the tools installed on your PC Starting up the Excel Add...
  • Blog Post: WorldWide Telescope and Kinect on really big screen at SC11

    For the last couple of days at Supercomputer 2011 we’ve been demoing WorldWide Telescope being driven via Kinect for Windows – probably the single largest Kinect driven application out there.  While we’ve done something like this before (ie. Mix’11), this time we partnered with Scalable Display...
  • Blog Post: Pushing Data into WWT - via Excel and LCapi

    Last week the Worldwide Telescope team put out some tools to support astronomy and earth-system science with a strong emphasis on time-series support and 3-D rendering.  This includes the beta release of new tools and SDK for WWT.  They include: WWT Excel Add-in WWT Client Layer Control API...
  • Blog Post: AstroViz 2011 Workshop–June 4 & 5

    If you are a professional or student interested in visualizing astronomy data then you should not miss the Astro-Viz 2011 workshop. We invite participants who span a broad range of interests and expertise, including: visualization and graphics experts, illustrators/animators, planetarium developers and...
  • Blog Post: More Cat’s Eye Nebula – via Bing and WWT

    Today’s Bing Image of the day is the Cats Eye Nebula – if you want to explore it more you can see it in the WorldWide Telescope Web Client    Bing Cross Posted from Dan Fay's Blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/dan_fay)
  • Blog Post: Happy 2nd Birthday WorldWide Telescope

    Today is the 2nd anniversary of the launch of WWT – congrats to Jonathan, Curtis, and the rest of the small team.  Besides the initial windows client (that lead to Scoble’s post - Microsoft researchers make me cry ) there is the web client (silverlight), a web control, and the Bing Map WWT addin...
  • Blog Post: WWT Fisheye and spherical mirror projection

    In the latest WWT release put out on Tax Day (April 15th) – one of the features that was included was the ability to utilize WWT in different projections – so you can use WWT in Planetariums. Below Paul Bourke tested those features out on his iDome (btw – I’d love to get my hands on that :-)) - see his...
  • Blog Post: Amazon Web Services support Sloan Digital Sky Survey DR6 Subset

    Now that AWS is supporting SDSS, there is probably useful integration between the Worldwide Telescope and the SDSS datasets that can be leveraged, beyond what is currently supported - such as seeing the all the known galaxies in a 3D view – seeing the lattice structure of the universe.  Search and...
  • Blog Post: TIME - WorldWideTelescope one of 50 Best Websites 2009

    TIME magazine has the WorldWide Telescope WebClient ( Silverlight ) on their list of 50 Best Websites for 2009.  That puts WWT in with sites like Flickr, Twitter, Skype, YouTube, Amazon, and even PhotoSynth – not bad for the very small team we have on it :-) WorldWideTelescope Like Google Earth...
  • Blog Post: Preview the upcoming Eclipse of the Sun in WWT

    On July 22nd there will be a total eclipse of the Sun that will last for over 6 mins that is visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses half of Earth.  One of the best regions to see it will be China and the organizers have published a WorldWide Telescope tour previewing the Eclipse. See...
  • Blog Post: Citizen Science Impact: Hanny’s Voorwerp and the Galaxy Zoo

    If you ever wonder what how normal citizens can have an impact in science – take a listen to the latest Podcast from 365 Days of Astronomy and how a mild manner school teacher from the Netherlands found a strange object while participating in Galaxy Zoo .  Now with the Hubble servicing mission complete...
  • Blog Post: WorldWide Telescope – Busy couple of weeks – NASA and SilverLight

    Yesterday the joint press release went out on the collaboration and Space Act Agreement we’re been working on with NASA for sometime.  We’re really excited about working with NASA to process many datasets like the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) and make them available in WorldWide Telescope ...
  • Blog Post: WWT at TechFest on NYTimes.com

    The NYTimes.com article by Ashlee Vance , included a great picture by Stuart Isett for The New York Times showing the dome that was put together for TechFest to demonstrate the planetarium projection mode of WWT as well as the gesture interaction from Andy Wilson and Hrvoje Benko . Microsoft Maps Course...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research TechFest 2009

    Today is the first day of the MSR TechFest 2009 – a showcase of MSR technologies – you can see pictures from TechFest.  One of the demos I’m loosely tied to is Interactions with an Omni-Directional Projector – which utilizes WorldWide Telescope projected on a dome with gesture interaction. ...
  • Blog Post: Using Flickr for Astronomy – and viewing in WWT

    The use of online services such as Flickr to help scientists is in its infancy and applications utilizing commodity based solutions will continue to pick up momentum.  I especially like the integration and the ease of use – science should be about discovery and exploration – not about the technology...
  • Blog Post: The Earth, Stars, and Planets in 3D

    One of the coolest new features of the WWT Solstice Borealis Beta (released at the beginning of Jan) is the ability to see the Earth, Stars, and Planets in a stereoscopic 3D effect .  I’ve been using the Anaglyph mode (View |  {arrow} | Stereo | Anaglyph) which uses the stylish red/cyan glasses...
  • Blog Post: WorldWide Telescope Academic Development Kit Release -Microsoft Research

    With this ADK , users can convert their own astronomical images/data to the format that can be read by WWT and share with other WWT users.  Can’t wait to see more images/datasets made available. WorldWide Telescope Academic Development Kit, January 2009 Release The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) Academic...
  • Blog Post: WALL•E's Universe in WorldWide Telescope

    Now this is fun science - Microsoft Research and Disney•Pixar team up to offer guided tours of the universe with WorldWide Telescope – how better to get our children interested in science and the universe – for most of us it was the Apollo Missions that interested in science and space, now WALL•E is...
  • Blog Post: How the WorldWide Telescope works

    Jon Udell gets the details from Jonathan Fay (no relation) on how WWT works.  How the WorldWide Telescope works Cross Posted from Dan Fay's Blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/dan_fay)
  • Blog Post: WorldWide Telescope on Microsoft.com

    Cross Posted from Dan Fay's Blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/dan_fay)
  • Blog Post: WorldWide Telescope is a powerful educational tool — a way of telling compelling stories about the Universe.

    An On the Issues Essay came out last week featuring Alyssa Goodman , Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University.  Highlights how WWT can be used to not only browse and view the Universe – but can be a powerful tool to allow Astronomers to get to data and make discoveries. A Virtual Telescope: Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: WorldWide Telescope - you haven't seen it?

    I decided to wait a bit before blogging about the release of WorldWide Telescope (WWT) to see how everything went and what the initial reaction would be.  After Curtis and Jonathan showed me an earlier version over 18 months ago - I knew they were onto something...I fell in love with the sky once...
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