WorldWide Telescope


WorldWide Telescope

A rich visualization environment functions as a virtual telescope to enable explorations of the universe.


Our rating: 

License: Free (Open source)
Categories: Education, Astronomy

Pros & Cons:

Attractive display. Telescope control available in Windows Client.
No moon phases. Very few asteroids, comets, and planetary moons.

Our Review:

WorldWide Telescope is a rich visualization environment that functions as a virtual telescope. It brings together imagery from the ground and space based telescopes to enable seamless and guided explorations of the universe.

The application comes in two versions, Windows Client and Web Client. The latter is a browser-based version which can run across multiple devices on any HTML5 or Silverlight compatible browser.

Both versions are very similar and work equally well. If connected to the Internet, the Windows client automatically downloads images that aren't already in the catalog.

The Windows Client version can control a computerized telescope.

Its catalog is weak in comets, asteroids, and planetary moons, e.g. only Jupiter shows moons.

WorldWide Telescope was reviewed by on based on version 2.8.15.