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Abell 1689 galaxy cluster | TechRepublic

February 18, 2011

Abell 1689 galaxy cluster

WorldWide Telescope is a new project from Microsoft Research that combines imagery of space and celestial objects into one easy-to-use interface. From the site’s overview page: “The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a Web 2.0 visualization software environment that enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope–bringing together imagery from the world’s best ground- and space-based telescopes for the exploration of the universe.”

This image is a high-resolution image of Abell 1689, a galaxy cluster in the constellation Virgo, as taken by the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. The image is embedded on the digitized sky that is the basis of WorldWide Telescope.

Image used with permission from Microsoft. Caption by Wally Bahny.
Resources:
1. http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/
2. http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/whatIs/whatIsWWT.aspx
3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abell_1689

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