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Science on a Sphere

Wondering what type of weather is occurring around the globe at this moment? See  Science On a Sphere, an astonishing piece of technology that uses computers and video projectors to display dynamic, animated images of the atmosphere, oceans and land on an illuminated, six-foot globe. Learn about complex environmental processes in an innovative and interactive way.

Science on a Sphere has the most current information about our planet. This exhibit uses over 400 datasets that track changes within the atmosphere, land and ocean, as well as datasets for astronomy, models and simulations. The datasets for this system are created by scientific institutions worldwide, including other science centers, museums and universities, as well as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA).

Make sure to see one of our interactive presentations covering extreme weather, climate change and geological and astronomical events. Discover the science behind hurricanes, tsunamis, volcanoes and other natural disasters. Science On a Sphere explains the “ingredients” of regional climate, the impact humans have had on our planet throughout history, and how oceans are formed and affect the Earth’s ecosystem.

Science on a Sphere is free for members and included in general admission. It is located in Building 2 next to the Willard Smith Planetarium. This exhibit is suitable for all ages.

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Current Presentations


Audiences learn about plate tectonics and different kinds of waves, as well as earthquake preparedness.


Discover how volcanoes form and what happens when they erupt. Explore the effect our very own Mount Rainier erupting would have on Seattle.

Alien Landscapes

Compare geological features in space to those on Earth, and discuss the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

Ocean: The Motion Potion

Venture into the science behind wind-driven surface currents, density-driven deep ocean currents, and how the movement of water can make it warm in Europe and cool in California.




Science on a Sphere is generously provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


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Ignite your curiosity day after day! Members enjoy unlimited free admission for a year, discounts on events and programs, invitations to exclusive events, as well as passes and discounts on IMAX and Laser shows, and ticketed VR experiences.

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