Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Microsoft Research – The World-Wide Telescope, an Archetype for Online Science

For a long period, after seeing one of the most wonderful desktop application from google, which I think could be useful to our mordern day-to-day life going forward, I was thinking what is next after Google Earth. Last week while going through one of my favorite sites under Microsoft domain, I found something new, which virtually made my heart stop with astonishment, after looking out for the details in web. I never expected such a technology is ever possible with in my lifetime.

Yeah, it is all about existence and Competition. Like most of the successful enterprises having a potential for growth and innovative ideas that adds value to its goodwill, Microsoft is always one-step forward in its ideas. Now another technology is rising from Microsoft labs, World Wide Telescope. The shadow of the product is so cool that it already started spreading in the news.

What is all about?

As per Microsoft definition, World Wide Telescope is a rich visualization environment that functions as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground and space telescopes and terabytes of images, data, and stories from multiple sources over the Internet into a media-rich, immersive experience. World Wide Telescope, which is powered with Microsoft’s high-performance Visual Experience Engine, enables seamless panning and zooming across the night sky for guided explorations of the universe.

The WWT isn’t available yet, but you can see a demo below

TED talk - Microsoft World Wide Telescope - Video Demo

Seeing this everyone can get a clear understanding about what this project can do. Viewing the TED talk, it’s like a Google Earth for the sky, seamlessly integrating pictures and information in a single platform.

Microsoft plans to release this desktop product by spring 2008. At present, the homepage of WWT you can find in this link -


Microsoft World Wide Telescope - Video Demo -

A PDF document from Jim Gray; Alexander S. Szalay & End Bracket