Free WorldWide Telescope (WWT) releasing in Spring 2008

The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a rich visualization environment that functions as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground- and space telescopes to enable seamless, guided explorations of the universe.

WorldWide Telescope

http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/

WorldWide Telescope, created with Microsoft®’s high-performance Visual Experience Engine™, enables seamless panning and zooming across the night sky blending terabytes of images, data, and stories from multiple sources over the Internet into a media-rich, immersive experience.

The World-Wide Telescope, an Archetype for Online Science
http://research.microsoft.com/research/pubs/view.aspx?msr_tr_id=MSR-TR-2002-75
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