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Google Earth and Microsoft WorldWide Telescope

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