What's New in WWT 5.1 (November 2014)

WorldWide Telescope version 5.1 builds on the features of 5.0 with improvements in functionality and performance.

As you zoom into mapped cities 3D data will be automatically shown. You can explore on your own or take a look at this tour: Flight over San Francisco v1.0.wtt. Note, this tour and the Neuron one below look great in Virtual Reality.

Bing 3D Maps

Sandbox Mode for Exploring Arbitrary 3D Models

Load arbitrary 3D models from various sources and explore them in a Sandbox Mode to view only imported models and dynamic lighting. For example, explore neurons in the retina of a mouse from the Eyewire project in this tour.


Prepare and print three-dimensional terrain with 3D Printing Support

3D printing

What's New in WWT 5.0 (January 2014)

WorldWide Telescope 5.0 is the latest version and is already in production use in some of the world’s premiere planetariums. This feature-rich application is now available to everyone as a free download.

The timeline editor gives you true cinematic control for optimal animations and transitions.

Timeline Editor

Display new, highly detailed models of the International Space Station and the Gemini Observatory, or import your own 3D models.

International Space Station

Deeply detailed Mars imagery from the HiRISE Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter


Atmospheric and lighting controls help you visualize Earth and other planets more realistically.

Earth Lighting

Tilt and rotate controls let you explore planet surfaces in Solar System mode.


A comprehensive set of planetarium and dome features help you create seamless displays on complex single- or multi-projector domes.

  • Experience full-dome tour authoring and instant full-dome playback of desktop tours with overlays and images
  • For easier control of your displays, new MIDI controller support enables you to customize control panels by using inexpensive but powerful MIDI performance controllers
  • You can now manage projector nodes, check status, and render performance—all from the WWT console
  • The new Screen Broadcast feature allows any application on the console to display as a window in Full Dome mode