A new application has been added to Bing Maps, namely the WorldWide Telescope app that enables us to look up and see.
To use this app, follow these steps:
Go to www.bing.com/maps/explore.
If this link doesn’t work (e.g., if you’re in Australia, you’ll end up at the Australian version of Bing Maps), you’ll need to change your country location to United States. To do this, start www.bing.com, up in the top right corner click the name of the country showing (e.g., Australia) and a page of optional countries. At the bottom right of this page, choose United States – English. Now call up www.bing.com/maps/explore.
At the bottom of the left-hand pane, click Map Apps.
Choose WorldWide Telescope.
Click the Start Here button to get going.
Allow a few seconds for things to load and the bottom half of the left pane gives more options as to what you can easily view.
After clicking the Start Here button, if you want, you can enter a location in the search box from which to view the sky or use the telescope icon.
Move the telescope icon to the location of your choice.
The left-hand pane shows what’s in the sky above at this time (1632 from High Street Rushworth. webDotWiz clicked the telescope icon on High St Rushworth; the time is shown at the bottom left of the sky view).
Now you can zoom in/out and pan around the sky. Alternatively you can click on any of the sky objects suggested in the left-hand pane. The green line in the screenshot to the left is the ecliptic (the sun’s path across the sky). Note that Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, is difficult to view in the sky because it’s always so close to the Sun.
Choose Venus on the left pane, for example, and you can Fly in for a close up of Venus.
Zoom in for a closer view of Venus.
That’s a start to viewing the sky from wherever you choose.
WorldWide Telescope can be downloaded from www.worldwidetelescope.org or there’s an online version at www.worldwidetelescope.org/webclient.
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Posted using the 2009 version of Windows Live Writer. Screenshots taken using Microsoft OneNote.