'Science on a Sphere' Exhibit Now Open at the Museum of Life and Science

View up-to-the-hour radar, satellite and animated images via a visitor-driven kiosk
Photos courtesy of the Museum of Life and Science

The new "Science on a Sphere" permanent exhibit at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham shows maps and real-time data from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. But that's just the start.

The "Science on a Sphere" permanent exhibit gives guests the opportunity to explore Earth System science. Through a partnership with the NOAA, the sphere will show up-to-the-hour radar, satellite and animated images. Visitors can explore the surface of Mars, look at weather patterns around the globe, watch a visualization of all the airplanes in the air at one moment worldwide and discover dozens of other possibilities. Visitors can decide what kinds of data to overlay on visuals and explore different views of our globe, as well as learn about topics like atmospheric changes, ocean currents and the cosmos through a visitor-driven kiosk. Visitors can rotate the sphere in any direction to explore it.

The addition of this exhibit transforms one of the museum's older gallery spaces in the main museum building: "Weather," which currently uses hands-on exhibits to help visitors discover how wind, water, temperature and pressure affect our ever-changing environment. From a 14-foot tall tornado generator to our popular cloud bowl, visitors can interact with and understand weather phenomena. "Science on a Sphere" will allow visitors to see how these types of weather play out across the globe and what that means for our changing world.


Source: Museum of Life and Science


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