Out Of This World

Cosmic Vision

Let your imagination travel to astronomical altitudes. Marvel over how the moon’s phases change the night sky. Touch a rock from outer space. Learn how to spot the Big Dipper and discover which stars you can see from your backyard tonight.

Foucault Pendulum

How can we be sure that planet Earth spins on an axis? Léon Foucault knew. His 1851 invention provided science with a simple mechanism for learning about the earth’s rotation. Witness the pendulum in action as it knocks over a peg every 15 minutes.

Gravity Alley

Understanding Newton’s theories doesn’t have to be a heavy lesson. Marvel at how motion and gravity influence many of the innovations we enjoy today. Test how force affects acceleration at Newton’s Race Track. Get a front row seat for a lesson in angular motion in our gyrochair.

Out of this World

Let your imagination leave this world and travel to other planets! Study an actual moon rock collected by astronauts from Apollo 17 and grasp the properties of aluminum-lithium alloy. Launch a rocket to explore air pressure, climb into a space capsule and blast into outer space.

Science on a Sphere®

Step up to a world of planetary data. Science on a Sphere® is a giant suspended globe that stretches six feet in diameter. Learn about climate change, atmospheric storms, environmental processes, and ocean temperatures on an animated display.

The Kugels

From the German word for ball, the kugels are giant spheres of granite that depict features of planet Earth and the Moon. The big one (Earth) weighs 29 tons and rolls with only 33 pounds of pressure per square inch—that’s less pressure than your faucet at home! The Kugels are mounted in the scale of one foot to 1,000 miles.