I do not know if anyone else out there is into science and astronomy like I am.
I am one of those people who have found space exploration one of the most fascinating hobbies I have grown fond of.
SETI@home and Einstein@home runs on a few of my computers during idle times, hey, who knows, maybe I'll be the lucky one who discovers life in a distant Galaxy somewhere.
I use Sky Map Pro to chart the stars and read magazines related to space exploration.
I happened to be looking through Microsoft's latest trial software and found a program called WorldWide Telescope.
I figured what the heck, why not try it out.
I was impressed with its 3-D effects and its ability to be currently accurate with the status of the planets, their locations in our solar system and their current rotation positions to our Sun.
The planet Earth was in its correct rotation status to the Sun at the times I viewed it through the program.
There are panoramic views of Mars in the secondary program that installs called WWT : MARS. They were very clear pictures of the Mars surface.
With this program, you can fly around the solar system, zoom past planets and even right click stars to get their names and the constellation they are part of.
Ursa Major known as the big dipper, Ursa Minor known as the little dipper and its famous star Polaris (Our North star)
The Planets and the Sun actually look real and you can can rotate the screen to fly around the planets to view the dark side with the Sun glowing brightly in the back-ground.
Zoom in on any Planet or Star you choose. Get information on it at that present moment, the program updates its self through the web as you use it from real telescopes.
This program is simply amazing! You have to sample it to believe its abilities!
I would recommend this program to anyone who has kids, this will not only educate them, but they can have fun exploring our Planets and the Universe.
Here is the link.
Edited by MrBruce1959, 19 September 2010 - 12:21 AM.