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Science on a Sphere

Science On a Sphere is a large visualization system that uses computers and video projectors to display animated data onto the outside of a sphere. The globe appears as if suspended in air and shows dynamic images of the atmosphere, oceans, and land of a planet. Science On a Sphere presentations occur throughout the day on a variety of topics. The shows are either live presentations led by Science Center program staff or computer-driven presentations.

Live shows take place at 2:10pm daily.

Temperature Response to Increased Atmospheric CO2

Follow the changes in surface air temperature that result from increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide. See how warming is more rapid over the continental regions than over oceanic regions, and is larger in polar regions than at lower latitudes.


A 16-minute film where viewers can experience how hurricanes form, how satellites collect data from outer space, and the changes in ocean temperature. It’s like sitting on a spaceship and watching the changes happening on Earth or on other planets right underneath you!