WorldWide Telescope Aphelion Release – Web Version Now Beta

New releases of both the Windows and web Client are now available with many new features and bug fixes. The Windows Client has photo-realistic rendering of the Earth and Sun, as well as shadows of Jupiter’s moons. The new Cosmos rendering incorporates the most advanced view of the universe outside of our Galaxy ever available. Both versions include new features for professional astronomers, including displaying FITS images and Virtual Observatory queries.

And what do we see here? The web version isn’t a Tech Preview anymore now, look at the beta tag!
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Both scientists and amateur astronomers can take advantage of the scientific data available in the latest release of WorldWide Telescope. The heart of the latest release is the incorporation of an entire collection of science-quality data. Users will be able to delve into hundreds of terabytes of images from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, Chandra X-ray Observatory Center, and Spitzer Space Telescope. You can even do a search on certain objects! Previous WorldWide Telescope images came from surveys and studies from science institutions for public visualization.

Furthermore Aphelion has 3-D exploration (Windows client only), so get your 3-D glasses out. WorldWide Telescope even supports inexpensive paper 3-D glasses like the kind given out for use with movies and TV specials! Wish I had one!

But that’s not all! Did you know that you can embed WorldWide Telescope into your own site? You can with the web control. More info on how to do that can be found at http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/authoring/Developer.aspx and at the Data Blog.

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