Peeter Joot's (OLD) Blog.

Math, physics, perl, and programming obscurity.

damn, the universe is big!

Posted by peeterjoot on March 17, 2009

Popular science had an article on Microsoft’s world wide telescope, and I thought I’d check it out. This is like google sky, but is more feature rich. I spent a while playing with the solar system views which were pretty neat, then tried out a few of the guided tours. It didn’t take long before an hour had passed, and I think that I only just glimpsed a tiny fragment of what’s out there.

I have to say, it’s amazing that astronomers can make sense of everything out there. Looking at some of the zoom-ins in an xray image tour, what looked like layer after layer of possibly interesting stuff was passed by and somehow the supernova was found hiding in there among all the other stuff!


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