Google Earth and Microsoft WorldWideTelescope Laura Wilson Reference Librarian Henry Whittemore Library November 4, 2009 firstname.lastname@example.org
What is Google Earth? Free* (!) software program Download from the internet at: http://earth.google.com/download-earth.html 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!
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)
Installation Getting Started After you have downloaded the software, a Google Earth icon will be installed on your desktop. Google Earth icon. Click me!
Starting your search This is your starting point Type address, location name, or latitude / longitude co-oridnates
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!
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!
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!
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.” (source: http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/WhatIs/WhatIsWWT.aspx?Page=InDepth)
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 http://www.worldwidetelescope.org
Introductory Tour Click here to take an introductory tour using WorldWideTelescope http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/ExperienceIt/ExperienceIt.aspx
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