Earth and Space

Science On a Sphere (SOS)®

Get an astronaut's-eye-view of Earth's surface as it changes minute to minute, by the hour, through the seasons, and over the years without leaving the ground!

Science on a Sphere

 

The Science On a Sphere® creates stunning visual animations from real planetary data, and displays them dynamically on a six-foot-diameter globe. This unique and captivating educational tool projects global data for Earth and other celestial bodies like Jupiter and the Moon. Suspended from the ceiling, the animated sphere seems to float in space—the way planets look to astronauts in space.


Featured Science On a Sphere explorations:

  • Disasters: Past & Future—a look at earthquakes around the world. Not every earthquakes results in disaster. What makes for a disaster? And where might the next one strike? Created in partnership with the UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory through an NSF-Geosciences Education Grant.
  • Seismic Waves—a look at the waves created in earthquakes that move across and through the planet. Learn how, with every earthquake, these seismic waves help seismologists probe the interior of Earth to unlock its secrets. Created in partnership with the UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory through an NSF-Geosciences Education Grant.
  • Kepler Mission—an introduction to the Kepler Mission, NASA's first mission to discover habitable planets in our Galaxy. Kepler has confirmed over half of the 1,800 known planets outside our Solar System. How does it do it? And how close are we to finding a twin to Earth, capable of supporting life? Images and information courtesy the Kepler Mission. Created by Lawrence Hall of Science staff, partners in the Education and Public Outreach for the Kepler Mission.

SOS models

Talk with our friendly facilitators about these subjects as well as the variety of available datasets about the land, ocean, atmosphere, and more. At the Science On a Sphere, visitors of all ages can begin to unpack complex environmental processes. These include climate change, plate tectonics, and natural hazards—all of which affect everyone.

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The Science On a Sphere was developed by researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Explore Science On a Sphere at the Hall, and visit sos.noaa.gov for more information.