Saturday, March 29, 2008

Microsoft Worldwide Telescope

I think I'm a little late to the game with this one. There was this piece of news regarding Microsoft blogger Scoble who started crying after viewing this new technology from Microsoft. It had something to do with telescopes that were online so that people can use them to view the universe on their computers. I wasn't totally surprised with his reaction because the first time I saw Saturn on a couple-of-inch refractor telescope that my grandfather gave me many years ago, I didn't cry, but I gasped. It was pure beauty, and quite indescribable. So I just came across a fascinating presentation of this new Microsoft intiative, and now the new website is also up. I originally thought that this was a little like Google Sky, but it seems that the WWT is much more than that. Truly exciting; it will launch in Spring 2008. I've been researching for a few weeks now to get a telescope. I want to see Saturn again. I've narrowed down my choice to this, and I may order soon to take advantage of a discount with vPOSTUSA and also the astonishingly weak US Dollar. Clear skies!