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Post WorldWide Telescope focuses on a familiar planet: Earth

Earthquake data from WorldWide Telescope's new add-in.
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WorldWide Telescope, a free program that turns the cosmos into a visual dictionary, has added a plugin that allows virtual astronomers to train their amplified eye on Earth and to look back in time.

The original Telescope, from Microsoft Research and powered by Silverlight, can be employed in a browser and downloaded to a user's device. Scroll about the night's sky and select one of millions of celestial objects, then click on it and you will access astronomical information such as a galaxy's wave length, as well as interpretive data, like papers on the object from peer-reviewed journals.

Technology Review quotedHarvard astronomy professorAlyssa Goodman, a longtime user of the software, and founder of the WorldWide Telescope Ambassadors program, as describing the Telescope this way: "Objects in the sky become the hyperlinks themselves."

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