WorldWide Telescope @ AAS 231

Here is a listing of the WorldWide Telescope related events at the American Astronomical Society 231st Winter Meeting. If it’s easier, you can scroll to the bottom and download our calendar.

WorldWide Telescope Related Workshops

The following AAS Staff Splinter Sessions are included in the meeting registration fee and do not require extra registration. In other words – come one and come all!

Professional Development with WorldWide Telescope

Tuesday 1/9 10:00-11:40 (National Harbor 6) Philip Rosenfield

This will be a professional development workshop on how to use WWT in astronomical research; however those who wish to learn WWT for education or outreach are welcome to attend.

This workshop is aimed at astronomy researchers at all levels. You don’t need to have any previous knowledge of WWT and you do not need a computer that runs Windows.

Participants must bring an internet-enabled laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.). The laptop must either have Chrome or Firefox installed.

Better Data Visualization and Exploration with Glue

Tuesday 1/9 3:00-5:00 (National Harbor 8) Catherine Zucker and Hope Chen

Modern research projects incorporate data from a wide range of sources, and new insights are increasingly driven by multi-wavelength data visualization and exploration. Glue ( is a graphical environment that allows researchers to easily visualize relationships within and amongst data sets. In this splinter session, we will take participants through the steps of setting up glue, loading data, setting up links between datasets, explore the data using various kinds of visualizations, installing and creating plugins, and demonstrate some of the more advanced features of glue. No experience in Python is required, but we recommend that participants install the Anaconda or Miniconda Python Distribution ahead of time. Development of Glue is funded by NASA, in support of the James Webb Space Telescope, and by the NSF.

WorldWide Telescope Presentations at the AAS Booth (Exhibit Hall)

The WorldWide Telescope team will be at the AAS booth to help you jump start using WWT, showcase what’s new in WWT, and where WWT development is headed. We’ve also scheduled the following presentations:

Interact with WorldWide Telescope using Python

Wednesday 1/10 11:00-12:00 and Thursday 1/11 12:00-1:00

O. Justin Otor, one of the developers of pyWWT ( will give an overview of the software, examples on how to use it, and answer questions.

WorldWide Telescope in Planetariums

Tuesday 1/9 1:00-2:00 and Wednesday 1/10 1:00-2:00

David Weigel, the Planetarium Director at Samford University will talk and answer questions about using WorldWide Telescope in planetariums at the AAS booth. David has co-led several WWT planetarium workshops at planetarium conferences and has lead students to create WWT full-dome visualizations (see the Christenberry Planetarium YouTube page), he is a member of the WorldWide Telescope advisory board.

WorldWide Telescope in Education

Wednesday 1/10 4:00-5:00 and Thursday 1/11 1:00-2:00

Harvard University graduate students, Cathrine Zucker and Hope Chen, will discuss the WorldWide Telescope Ambassador Program and other efforts to bring WorldWide Telescope to the classroom.

More WorldWide Telescope-Related Events

Thursday 1/11

2:00-3:30 (National Harbor 3)  Special Session 324. Astronomy Visualization in Research, Outreach, and Entertainment

5:30-6:30 (Exhibit Hall Posters) 360.10. Expert Images for All Audiences: The AstroPix Archive and 360.13. Authentic Astronomical Discovery in Planetariums: Bringing Data to Domes

Friday 1/12

10:00-5:00 (National Harbor 13)   Hack with the WorldWide Telescope Team at the AAS Hack Together Day

12:00-12:15 (Exhibit Hall, NASA Hyperwall)   Navigating the Universe of Images: AstroPix and WorldWide Telescope

Calendar of WorldWide Telescope Events



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