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Monthly Archives: July 2010

Sites Saturday, 31 July 2010-Say it with photos & videos in Messenger-What can you do with the Office Web Apps?-Bing & Safari-Office for Mac 2011-World’s largest photo-IE9 beta due September-More

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Sites Friday, 30 July 2010-Reviews of Live Movie Maker & Live Photo Gallery-Colors of India & Spacescapes Windows 7 themes-#NewHotmailHere news-Windows Phone 7 demo-Bing roundup-Windows Live’s great changes

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Sites Thursday, 29 July 2010-Internet Explorer SmartScreen-New Hotmail rollout continues-Social networking & privacy-Microsoft Street Slide-Bill of rights for social network users

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Sites Wednesday, 28 July 2010-Hotmail rollout picking up-Bing Games-Microsoft Street Slide-Innovation in Office 2010-StarCraft-Windows Phone 7 design resources-Critical thinking & Bing

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Sites Tuesday, 27 July 2010-Messenger Companion-Live Hotmail on the iPhone-SnapDragon, the Flickr tag explorer-World according to Bing-OneNote helps keep your sanity

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Sites Monday, 26 July 2010–Discover the Red Planet with WWT | Mars-WWT’s new sky imagery-Developing for the Windows Phone 7-Writing or just practicing-Whroo Film Society screenings-Fantasia Painter

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WorldWide Telescope’s new sky imagery and the Mars experience

The latest release of WorldWide Telescope, the Apogee release, has a new version of the sky imagery and, as a bonus, the Mars experience.

If you already have the desktop client version of WWT installed, you’ll be prompted to download and install the new version. This update gives you WWT | Mars as well as the update to WWT.

To download WWT and WWT|Mars for the first time, go to www.worldwidetelescope.org.

The TerraPixel sky image

The team took imagery captured by the Palomar Observatory in California and the UK Schmidt Telescope at Siding Springs in New South Wales, massaged these images and created a 1 million pixel by 1 million pixel image (hence terrapixel). This image was cleaned up to form the world’s largest tiled, multi-resolution image.

As a result of this processing, there is now a seamless view of the sky in WWT. In the earlier versions of WWT the imagery of objects was blocky at certain levels of zoom.

The Mars experience

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After you’ve installed the latest version of WWT, you’ll also see an icon named WWT|Mars on your desktop or under Microsoft Research in All programs. Clicking WWT|Mars begins the Mars experience.

Microsoft and NASA worked together to bring NASA’s extensive collection of Mars imagery, taken by many Mars observatory craft over the years, but especially the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, to a special version of WorldWide Telescope devoted exclusively to give us a Mars experience.

Microsoft’s part in the WWT Mars Experience project was to take NASA’s 3D image and map it to Mars pole-to-pole and colour correct the imagery to what is generally accepted as the colours that we’d observe if we were on Mars itself.

In the end, WWT | Mars enables us to view the Red Planet in 3D, zoom in to particular features such as Victoria Crater and Mons Olympus and take tours of Mars guided by experts in their field.

 

Finding your way around WorldWide Telescope

To get started using WWT, have a look through webDotWiz’s article, Journey to the centre of the universe with WorldWide Telescope.

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As well, there are some hints on navigating around WWT in the opening screen.

To access WWT’s help system, click the small arrow under the Explore menu item at the top of the screen.

 

 

 

 

Highlights of The Red Planet in WWT|Mars

The top pane gives you the chance to explore various features on Mars, e.g., Mars’ top ten features:

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Once you’ve clicked on this choice, the bottom of WWT’s screen gives you more detailed choices:

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As you hover over a choice, WWT will show the feature’s location:

When you click your choice of feature to view, WWT may rotate Mars, zoom out then zoom in to the feature you’ve chosen. At the bottom right of the WWT screen is a progress bar to indicate how much imagery is downloading.

 

 

 

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Olympus Mons is the highest mountain in the solar system and you can explore it in detail.

 

 

 

When you choose Olympus Mons from the Mars Top Ten collection, the bottom pane of WWT’s screen gives you a range of what you can view in closer detail:

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Here’s one such view:

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Having explored Olympus Mons, you can then view Valles Marineris, the lowest crevice in the Solar System.

Remember for help, such as astronomy terms and definitions and how to make use of the tutorials, click the bottom half of the Explore button on the top menu.

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Sites Saturday, 24 July 2010–Live Essentials 2011 for Windows 7-Designing the new Hotmail-Bing homepage image gallery-Publisher shortcuts-IE8 SmartScreen filter-Windows Phone 7-Moonbase Alpha

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Sites Thursday, 22 July 2010-Explore Mars in WorldWide Telescope-Facebook Stories-Facebook & Bing Maps-Windows Phone 7 news-Word tip-Rushworth Community House News

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Sites Wednesday, 21 July 2010-Live Messenger highlights-Kinect pricing-New Microsoft Security Essentials trial-Facebook spoof-Stanhope street names-48 Best free software downloads from Microsoft

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