Science on a Sphere

See illuminated images from NOAA on a six-foot-diameter suspended globe!

Cottrell Theater
Included with Admission
All Ages
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Science On a Sphere (SOS)®

Science On a Sphere is a room-sized global display system that projects images culled from scientific data onto a six-foot-diameter sphere suspended from the ceiling.

Guests can view real-time data of global cloud cover, earthquakes, our sun, the Earth at night, active volcanoes, a typical 24-hour day of global commercial air traffic, the spread of the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, various planets, Facebook friend connections around the world and so much more.

Researchers at NOAA developed SOS® as an educational tool to help illustrate Earth systems and space science for people of all ages. The Museum's SOS® is one of less than 150 on display in public institutions across the globe.

Check our daily schedule for Science on a Sphere presentations occurring during your visit.

About Live Demonstrations

Demonstrations are explorations where participants watch and engage with a Science Museum educator who showcases amazing scientific experiments to guests.

This demonstration is included with general admission and is held daily at 2:30 p.m., except on Mondays when the Science Museum is closed.

Stop by the Cottrell Theater located inside of Speed anytime during SOS® hours. No registration is required and you can stay for 15 minutes or the full 45 minutes! We'll be discussing topics like space, weather, oceans, and more!

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Guest watching the Earth in Science on a Sphere.