Tours

What are WWT Tours?

"Tours" are interactive paths through the night sky, designed to tell a story or teach a particular astronomy concept.  They look like movies, but when viewed in WWT, you can pause the tour to explore regions of the sky that catch your interest, and you can click on hyperlinks throughout the tour to learn more about an object or phenomenon. You can view tours on the web client of WWT or in the full desktop version. The links below have brief descriptions of tours we recommend. Most tour descriptions on this site have a screen capture video version of the tour. For tours that are not released as part of WWT, we have included the tour file that you can play in the desktop version of WWT to view the fully interactive version.

Astronomy for Everyone

A six-minute introduction to Astronomy.  This Tour gives a broad overview of many important topics for budding astronomers to explore.

Astronomy vs. Astrology

This is a tour developed by the students of Prof. Stella Offner for use in her Astro 101 course at U. Mass Amherst. This tour introduces the differences between astronomy and astrology.

Birth of a Star like Our Sun

Our sun, and other stars like it, do not remain exactly as they appear now. Stellar lifetimes are much longer than ours, but like us, they progress though stages of life. The story of these stages tells us about the formation of the planets and their fate in the events to come billions of years from now. In this tour, we investigate the life cycle of stars like our sun.

Center of the Milky Way

Tour of the radio wavelength view of the inner Galaxy. We start by reviewing all-sky views in various wavelenghts and then zoom into a radio view of Sagittarius A and finally into Sagittarius A*, the location of the supermassive black hole at the Galactic Center.

Cosmic Rays

This is a tour developed by the students of Prof. Stella Offner for use in her Astro 101 course at U. Mass Amherst. This tour introduces cosmic rays and their impact.

Discoveries of Galileo

This is a tour developed by the students of Prof. Stella Offner for use in her Astro 101 course at U. Mass Amherst. This tour introduces Galileo's discoveries.

Dust and Us

"Dust & Us" is a brief tour of the dark regions in galaxies that form stars and planets.  This tour gives a new perspective on how important dust, which we normally think of as a nuisance, is to creating planets like the one upon which we live.

Dwarf Planets

This is a tour developed by the students of Prof. Stella Offner for use in her Astro 101 course at U. Mass Amherst. This tour introduces the five dwarf planets in our solar system.

Eagle Nebula

A tour by David a 5th grade student from Issaquah, Washington

Earth at Night

A tour featuring the NASA map of our planet, "Earth at Night", available at the NASA Visible Earth site made by Marc Imhoff (NASA GSFC), Christopher Elvidge

Eccentricity

This is part of a series of tours developed by Prof. Stella Offner for use in her Astro 101 course at U. Mass Amherst. She uses WWT to introduce new concepts at the beginning of each lecture. This tour discusses the shapes of different orbits around our sun.

Eta Carina Nebula

A brief tour of the Eta Carina Nebula from the Hubble Advanced Camera for Surveys.

Fulani Skies

Fulani Skies was created with WWT for use in the Smithsonian Exhibit African Cosmos: Stellar Art exhibit that ran June 20, 2012—December 9, 2012. The African Cosmos project considers the rich, complex and little-studied topic of African cultural astronomy and the arts as a way to challenge popularly-held notions of Africans as cultural, but not scientific, beings.

Galilean Moons

This is part of a series of tours developed by Prof. Stella Offner for use in her Astro 101 course at U. Mass Amherst. She uses WWT to introduce new concepts at the beginning of each lecture. This tour introduces the four largest moons of Jupiter.

Galileo's New Order

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Galileo's discovery of moons around Jupiter, we have produced a WWT Tour recreating these historic observations. This is an example of the kind of teaching Ambassadors will be able to do using WWT.

Gas Giants

This is part of a series of tours developed by Prof. Stella Offner for use in her Astro 101 course at U. Mass Amherst. She uses WWT to introduce new concepts at the beginning of each lecture. This tour introduces the gas giants in our solar system.

Halley's Comet

This is a tour developed by the students of Prof. Stella Offner for use in her Astro 101 course at U. Mass Amherst. This tour introduces Halley's Comet.

Introduction to the Solar System

This is part of a series of tours developed by Prof. Stella Offner for use in her Astro 101 course at U. Mass Amherst. She uses WWT to introduce new concepts at the beginning of each lecture. This tour introduces a few different bodies in our solar system.

John Huchra's Universe

John Huchra, former president of the American Astronomical Society, passed away on October 8, 2010.

John’s colleagues at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, in collaboration with the creators of WorldWide Telescope at Microsoft Research, have created a new, interactive, WWT Tour to honor John and his career. 

The Tour primarily focuses on John’s quest to map the Universe.

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