Science On a Sphere

SCIENCE ON A SPHERE offers a world’s worth of information — literally! This room-sized, global display system displays planetary data on a 6-foot diameter sphere. Developed by researchers at NOAA, it helps you see earth system science in a whole new way. With 360-degree projections, the globe becomes the blue marble of Earth with more than 300 data sets that display weather patterns, tectonic shifts and other geophysical phenomena.


Science On a Sphere was developed by the researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to help illustrate Earth system science to people of all ages. Using NOAA’s collective experience and knowledge of the earth’s land, oceans and atmosphere, this exhibit offers captivating lessons on environmental processes. It’s a visualization tool that gives you a completely new perspective. With one touch, you can see all the way to the bottom of the ocean where the Titanic sits, the 2011 earthquake in Japan and spreading tsunami or actual satellite images of our planet taken as recently as two hours before.