Science on a Sphere

Science on a Sphere
Science on a Sphere

Science on a Sphere

Opens December 9, 2016

A new exhibit aimed at getting kids and adults excited about science is now on permanent display on the first floor at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. The Science On a Sphere exhibit by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display environmental data onto a 60-inch-diameter sphere, similar to a giant animated globe. Researchers at NOAA developed Science On a Sphere as an educational tool to help illustrate earth science to people of all ages. Animated images of atmospheric storms, climate change, and ocean temperature can be shown on the sphere, which is used to explain complex environmental processes in a way that is fun and educational.

Currently, there are 141 Science On a Sphere installation sites in 26 countries, and the new exhibit at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum brings the number up to 142. Other locations in Michigan are the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center in Alpena and the Detroit Zoo. Science On a Sphere comes with a digital data catalog that is comprised of over 700 datasets from NOAA, NASA, universities, science centers, and other organizations. The datasets are divided into the categories of Atmosphere, Ocean, Land, Astronomy, Models and Simulations, and Extras. The exhibit will enhance knowledge about our Earth and solar system while making science interesting to people of all ages.