As I’ve mentioned before, I really REALLY love space. One of the things that makes me love my apartment so much is that from the living room couch, and from lying down in bed, I can see the stars at night.
My good friend showed me this the other night, and I am almost convinced that I could live in a bomb shelter as long as I had access to this:
“Microsoft WorldWide Telescope
Immerse yourself in a seamless beautiful environment.
From web to desktop to full dome planetarium, WorldWide Telescope (WWT) enables you to explore the universe, bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world and combining it with 3D navigation. Experience narrated guided tours from astronomers and educators featuring interesting places in the sky. You can research and import your own data and visualize it, then create a tour to share with others.
A web-based version of WorldWide Telescope is also available. This version enables seamless, guided explorations of the universe from within a web browser on PC and Intel Mac OS X by using the power of HTML5.”
You can customize views, visit all the panorama shots of mars in high detail (AND EVEN 3D if you have red/blue glasses)!
It can be a little confusing, so I found this tutorial video to help you navigate through the awesomeness of this better. I highly suggest downloading it directly if you have a Windows interface. It runs smooth and fast and is gorgeous.
For those of you who may not have grown up in a scientific household, here is a nice graphical representation of the timeline of the entire known universe (you know, just in case you thought your MAYBE 100 years on this earth means anything):
HOW FREAKING AMAZING IS THAT! Sigh. Swoon. Awesome.