Now that I've settled down from my jealous rage after learning of Guy Laliberte''s trip to the space station, I think I can go on posting.
Furthermore, as a treat, I decided to download a pretty cool software program and I want to share it with you all. It's called WorldWide Telescope and it's produced by Microsoft. And here comes the best part - It's absolutely free!
WorldWide Telescope puts the power of all the greatest and latest telescopes right in front of you. It does for the sky, galaxy, and universe what Google Earth has done for the planet. This program lets you explore the impressive content from the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory Center, and other famed ground- and space-based telescopes.
It takes a little time to master the software interface but the download went very smooth and literally within minutes I was staring at some beautiful sights. Two features that I found very helpful:
- You can save your favorite places in the universe to visit them later under "My Collections."
- You can watch guided tours of the universe conducted by experts and other users.
Here's a photo of Saturn that I took with my camera after playing around a few minutes with the program.
I must give you fair warning though; if you like gazing at the stars, this program could be quite addictive. So use caution.
Here's the link to and a review of the program (via CNET) if you want to try it: