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Users can view the sky - or the region they are in - and compare any of fifty different light wavelengths ranging from gamma to radio waves. They can also move forward or backward in time as much as 2,000 years in either direction to see where the location of planets for eclipses. They can even connect their own telescopes to Worldwide Telescope and use the software to guide their scopes to specific locations in the night sky (i.e. the section of the sky they're viewing with WWT). Users of the Windows-native (as opposed to the Web version) of the application have access to a variety of additional features, such as Solar System mode (3-D models of all the planets and five moons) and panorama mode (several panoramic views of the Martian surface taken by the Mars Rover) or venture out beyond the Milky Way to see the most accurate rendering to date of the location and information about any of the nearly million nearby galaxies surveyed in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.

Arguably the coolest feature of the software, especially for young users, is the ability to create - and share - your own tours of the


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Yesterday at the American Astronomical Meeting, we announced the "WorldWide Telescope Ambassadors" program, launching it officially with a new Tour in honor of the 400th...



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