WorldWide Telescope is a free program launched by Microsoft, useful for those interested in astronomy, as it allows you to explore the universe by visiting galaxies, stars, our solar system and their respective planets.
This application tries to contribute with the scientific and academic community related to astronomy, contributing information and results obtained by governments and observatories dedicated to this discipline. It can also be a great contribution for those fans who are looking for an interesting hobby such as the observation of new stars that can be seen in 3D thanks to this virtual guide.
We have already presented some tools similar to this, as in the case of Google Sky, the tool that integrates with the Google Earth package.
This recommended software consists of a virtual map of the space that includes about 10 million digital images provided by various sources such as the Hubble Telescope, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, the Spitzer Telescope and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, among others. It has a function to zoom and approach different corners of the universe, taking into account factors such as the climate and other real variables that occur in the universe. It really is a very interesting tool.
WorldWide Telescope 5.5.03 is the latest stable version (updated July 2016) of this tool that can be downloaded and installed free for all versions of Windows.
This Microsoft project incorporates innovative tools: incorporates 3D Cities to tour the major cities of the world (function already included in Bing Maps and similar to Google Street View), virtual tour of the orbits of the planets, galactic mode of transport around the universe, And several improvements of visualization and graphical performance.
The disadvantage is that the minimum requirements of memory, processor and graphics card can be somewhat high, since on its official site recommend at least a computer with the following features:
- PC with Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 2 gigahertz (GHz) or higher
- 1 gigabyte (GB) of RAM (2 GB recommended)
- 3D card with 128 MB of RAM