"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. You may also often come across many video versions of tours, as on the bottom of this page.
The videos in the menu to the left give instructions for different aspects of tour-making. For those who prefer written instructions, we have a guide here.
You may create a tour using the desktop version of WorldWide telescope. You may view the tours in WWT as well. Both are included in the program download. Videos of many other tours may be found on the WWT website and we have videos and descriptions of tours on this site on the Tours page.
Here are two sample tours made by the WWTA team.
Astronomy for Everyone
A six-minute introduction to Astronomy. This Tour gives a broad overview of many important topics for budding astronomers to explore.
Created by: Alyssa Goodman, Curtis Wong, Lisa Dettloff, Megan Watzke, Sanjana Sharma
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.
Created by: Alyssa Goodman, CfA; Curtis Wong, MSR; Patricia Udomprasert, CfA