Microsoft Research launched the Worldwide Telescope today. The telescope is a free application that aggregates high resolution images from telescopes around the world. Reach out to the universe like never before – see close-ups of galaxies, nebulae, planets, and remnants of an exploded supernova! The telescope is set in a cool UI that allows you to surf the sky on your own, visit specific features or take a guided tour. You can view the same image through various light filters. If your child is working on a science project, they can create their own video tour of the universe.

 

I’ve spent half a day playing with it – it’s just too cool. Try it out.

 

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