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Bing Maps Gets Worldwide Telescope App [Visual Tour]

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Explore space from your laptop.

Even the most amateur of astronomers would tell you that the best way to view the night sky is outdoors. But if you live in a city with too much light pollution or it's a cloudy night, you don't have to put your astrophysics curiosities on hold.

Microsoft has created a Worldwide Telescope (WWT) application for Bing Maps. It works with Silverlight, which means I can hear you groaning through the Interwebs. (Your non-Silverlight alternative, of course, is Google Sky.)

Here's a visual tour of how to access the WWT app:

Go to Bing Maps and click on the Apps option in the menu at the bottom of the left sidebar:

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The Worldwide Telescope app is the second one on the first row:

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The app launches various options back into the left sidebar:

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Click your selection. Within that selection look for "fly to" to load the sky map:

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There are various circles to click and learn more about what's out there:

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