Would you believe if we say that you can now even explore the whole universe from your local computer, that too without using any specialized equipment? Yes, in some way you can do so. You can explore our beautiful universe using Microsoft’s Worldwide Telescope.
This Microsoft’s Worldwide Telescope is a free application that does not only offers you a planetarium but also provides some impressive content from the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory Center, and other famed ground and space-based telescopes. You can even access Colorful nebulae, distant galaxies, black holes, and radiation clouds from your desktop.
To use this application you should have Microsoft Silverlight installed on your system. If you can’t manage to get Microsoft Silverlight, you can download a client for the Windows operating system. Start the application in Explore mode, from that you can zoom in and out, and rotate freely with the mouse to see planets, constellations, the solar system, black holes or a set of studies (Spitzer, Chandra and Hubble) properly.
According to the developer the mission of this app is:
• “To aggregate scientific data from major telescopes, observatories, and institutions and make temporal and multi-spectral studies available through a single, cohesive Internet–based portal.”
• “To stimulate interest in science among younger generations, providing a compelling base for teaching astronomy, scientific discovery, and computational science”
The search included in the application can be used to find various items present in the universe. You just have to enter the name or partial text of the item you want to see. The database can be updated from the Microsoft easily.
This is a great application and will stimulate the interest of younger generation in science. The developer website states that for better exploring, you should have at least 2 Gigabytes of RAM and a 3D accelerated video card, as well as 1 Gigabyte of hard disk space. Using the link given below you can download this software from the official website. It is available for windows as well as Mac.