Robert Scoble has admitted that a demo of Microsoft’s World Wide Telescope a few weeks ago made him cry.
You drag around the sky. There’s Mars. There’s the big dipper. There’s Beetlejuice. Etc. It’s just like the star party you probably attended in college.
But it has one difference between any telescope you’ve ever looked at.
You can zoom. Zoom. Zoom. Zoom.
We picked a point of light inside the big dipper. Zoom. Zoom. Zoom. Zoom. Holy shit, it’s two galaxies colliding. It looked like a star. Zoom. Zoom. Zoom.
Now the magic happened.
Curtis Wong said: “let’s switch to a different telescope and see what these two galaxies colliding are spitting out.”
He clicked a button and we saw a completely different view of the same colliding galaxies. This time we weren’t looking at visible light, but at something else. I think it might have been infrared, or maybe a look at radiation being kicked out. He had about 10 of the world’s telescopes to look at. I forget all the names, but that detail is in the video coming on Monday.
Check out the full post for more information. He says a video is coming on Monday, so we’ll be sure to post that when we see it.