Christian Long

Roy Gould and Curtis Wong: Preview the WorldWide Telescope

In TED Talks on May 25, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Reflection by ALEX S.

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Roy Gould and Curtis Wong:  Preview the WorldWide Telescope

Our galaxy revolves around the Sun, but with this program its almost like, not only our galaxy, but the universe revolves around us. As we are just at a computer maneuvering throughout the known universe at our own ease. The WorldWide Telescope is the same idea as ‘Google Earth’, but more like google universe. WorldWide Telescope allows you to explore the universe as if you were an astronaut, but without all the training and experience.

Curtis Wong states that WorldWide Telescope will be beneficial to kids. I agree in that teachers could use this in all levels of school whenever talking of our galaxy to show a real example. For example in first grade when I first learned about the planets, the sun, and the stars I learned the order of the planets and the path of their orbits. There was never any detailed picture or graphic showing how far apart our galaxy is or the actual size of each object. WorldWide Telescope could be a start to some day advancing the knowledge of these left out or blurred details.

Not only for kids but for the world in general this could be beneficial for their knowledge of our galaxy and universe. But why does just the general adult need to learn more about the universe if they are just working a 9-5 job and supporting a family. Well in my opinion, this is almost worthless for adults if they don’t have some type of job concerning outer space. It seems more like something that they would just do if they were bored like farmville and other facebook games.

Overall despite not being useful for most adults, I find it very useful for kids whose future is still for the most part uncertain. As WorldWide Telescope depicts a wider perspective of the universe for kids intrigued by outer space and its wonders.

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