Microsoft Research originally released WorldWide Telescope 5 years back and for its 5th anniversary they have rolled out a new version with new features. WorldWide Telescope 5.0 is the latest version and is already in production use in World-Class planetariums.
If you are unaware of WorldWide Telescope,
The WorldWide Telescope is a rich visualization environment that functions as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground- and space-based telescopes to enable seamless, guided explorations of the universe. WorldWide Telescope, created with Microsoft’s high-performance Visual Experience Engine, enables seamless panning and zooming across the night sky blending terabytes of images, data and stories from multiple sources over the Internet into a media-rich, immersive experience. The WorldWide Telescope experience scales from a web browser all the way to multi-channel full dome in some of the world’s most advanced planetariums.
WorldWide Telescope 5.0 new features:
- True cinematic control for optimal animations and transitions with the Timeline Editor
- Highly detailed models of ISS, Gemini Observatory or import into your own 3d Models
- New atmospheric and lighting shaders give much better realism for Earth and planets
- Tilt and rotate lets you explore planet surfaces in Solar System mode
- A comprehensive set of Planetarium and Dome features
•Full dome tour authoring, and instant full dome playback of desktop tours with overlays & images
•New MIDI controller support allows customized control panels using inexpensive but powerful Midi performance controllers
•Manage projector nodes, check status, render performance all from the WWT console
•Screen Broadcast allows any application on the console to be shown as a window in Full Dome
Download Worldwide Telescope 5.0 here.