Microsoft Research recently released the WorldWide Telescope (WWT) software, which provides seamless access to astronomical data via an advanced interactive interface.
The name “WorldWide Telescope” comes from the description by Alex Szalay and Jim Gray in 2002 of a new genre of astronomical research that would recognize and utilize the vast resources that were becoming available on the World Wide Web. As that grid of resources becomes a unified reality with the infrastructure provided by the VO efforts, Microsoft Research and the Space-Time Consortium at Harvard are developing WWT to unify these distributed resources on the astronomer’s desktop.
“The VO Inside WorldWide Telescope” :: NVO Newsletter Issue 2: June 2008 :: [ READ ]
(The above introduction was re-published with permission from Sarah Emery Bunn of the US National Virtual Observatory.)