Basic Features

To learn more about the WWT user interface, watch this overview talk by Jonathan Fay, Principal Software Architect for WWT. This video highlights a few of the many views available in WWT for exploring the Universe and will help you learn how to:

  • Navigate within WWT
  • Use the finder scope to learn more
  • Use the menu tabs to search for objects of interest, access guided tours, and customize your experience

Below, you'll find an additional list of basic features that WWT offers:

Tours
Tours are interactive modules that guide users through topics in astronomy, allowing them to explore and understand how an object or phenomenon works, or how an important theory came to be. All WWT users can create their own Tours and share them with others electronically. If you think of WWT as a Sky Browser, analogous to a Web Browser, then WWT Tours are analogous to Web Pages, guiding users through and to particular content.
Professional Data in Context
WWT provides access to the same data professionals use from the world’s best telescopes and promotes a thrill of discovery. Imagery displayed in a “virtual sky” provides important context that helps users visualize where an object is located and how big in the sky it is.
3-D Visualization Tools
An immersive and detailed 3-D model of the Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy, and beyond all give users an accurate mental map of where things are in the Universe, their relative distances, and how they move with time.
Multi-Wavelength Comparisons
Crossfading registered images at different wavelengths shows users what can be inferred from each part of the electromagnetic spectrum, why different features appear at some wavelengths and not others, and how the physical structure at each wavelength can give clues to what is happening physically.
Easy Access to Research Tools
A “Finder Scope” presents additional data on every object catalogued in WWT and provides links to sources as varied as Wikipedia and professional journal articles.