Manzana’s Websites of the Month

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Name: WorldWide Telescope



WorldWide Telescope (WWT) enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world.



This amazing website will allow you to download one of the latest and greatest applications that Microsoft has come up with.  WWT gives users the chance to view the far reaches of outer space from the desktop of their computer.


Using imagery taken from telescopes around the world, WWT lets you explore planets and galaxies by giving you the power to, pan across, zoom in, take guided tours and go two billion years into the past of our night sky.



But like any good programme, explaining it in only a couple of paragraphs is near on impossible.  So, have a look at the WHAT IS WWT page and you’ll find out everything you need to know. Microsoft dedicated the site to the memory of former Microsoft researcher Jim Gray by making it “a free resource to the astronomy and education communities with the hope that it will inspire and empower people to explore and understand the universe like never before”



Name: PhET – Interactive Simulations



Fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena from the PhET project at the University of Colorado .


A great page for all you science teachers out there.  PhET – Interactive Simulations revolves around a number of flash/java based simulations of how different science based reactions and experiments work.  All simulations are research based and the website is run by the University of Colorado .  The aim of the site is to “enable students to make connections between real life phenomena and the underlying science which explains such phenomena”.  With simulations for: chemistry, biology, physics, earth science and even math, there is plenty to check out.