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  • 1. Google Earth and Microsoft WorldWideTelescope
    Laura Wilson
    Reference Librarian
    Henry Whittemore Library
    November 4, 2009
  • 2. What is Google Earth?
    Free* (!) software program
    Download from the internet at:
    A “virtual globe” that allows users to explore countless different features , including :
    Urban and rural terrain
    3D image models of popular terrain and buildings
    Places of interest
    Photos and videos related to a specific location
    Historical imagery, stars, celestial bodies, underwater terrain, and much, much more!
  • 3. How does it work?
    The software displays high-resolution aerial photos and satellite imagery of the Earth’s surface
    Varying degrees of detail
    More popular areas have better quality images
    United States and Europe images tend to be more detailed
    Images range in currency
    3 months – 5 years ago (not live images)
  • 4. Installation
    Getting Started
    After you have downloaded the software, a Google Earth icon will be installed on your desktop.
    Google Earth icon.
    Click me!
  • 5. Starting your search
    This is your starting point
    Type address, location name, or latitude / longitude co-oridnates
  • 6. Primary Results
  • 7. Take a closer look
    Use your mouse wheel to get a closer look
  • 8. A neighborhood of San Juan
  • 9. Layers
    • Notice the “Layers” feature:
  • Layers
    Layers display different types of interesting geographic content
    For example:
    National Geographic Magazine layer: displays images and stories related to the area from NatGeo.
    Panoramio layer: displays beautiful and interesting images related to the area.
    YouTube layer: displays videos related to the area*
    Wikipedia layer: displays articles about the area
    3D Buildings – virtual models of actual buildings
    Many more layers to explore!
  • 10. Placemarks and Tours
    Add a marker to particular places on the map that you want to save or point out
    Search the Google Earth Gallery to view pre-recorded tours of different areas or features
    Examples: World Cathedrals Tour, Tour de France, Israel Tourist
    Capability to record your own tours
    Add audio tracks of your voice to the tour!
    Share your tour with other Google Earth users!
  • 11. Microsoft WorldWideTelescope
  • 12. What is the WorldWideTelescope?
    Turn your computer into a virtual telescope!
    View the sky, stars, planets, constellations, and more
    View the precise location of the moon or a planet from anywhere on earth, during any time period
    Take a narrated tour created by an astronomer or educator
    Create your own tour!
  • 13. Mission of the WorldWideTelescope
    “To aggregate scientific data from major telescopes, observatories and institutions and make temporal and multi-spectral studies available through a single cohesive Internet–based portal.”
    “To re-awaken the interest for science in the younger generations through astronomy and new technologies through the virtual observatory of the WWT. This also provides a wonderful base for teaching astronomy, scientific discovery, and computational science.”
  • 14. How does it work?
    Download the software program to your computer, or use it directly from the Web.
    If you use WWT directly from the web, you will need to download Microsoft Silverlight3.0
    May be prompted to do so
    Fast download
    Helps media-rich sites run
  • 15. Introductory Tour
    Click here to take an introductory tour using WorldWideTelescope
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    Thank You!
  • 17. Contact us!
    If you have any questions about these technologies or research, please contact a Reference Librarian
    See us in person at Reference Desk in the Library
    Phone: 508-626-4654
    IM : fscrefdesk