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Science on a Sphere

Science on a Sphere - an Earth Science Week event open to all

The Geological Society, in conjunction with the US-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), arranged a series of shows using their ‘Science on a Sphere’ presentation system at London’s Science Museum, to mark Earth Science Week 2012.

Science On a Sphere® (SOS) is a room-sized, global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a six foot diameter sphere, analogous to a giant animated globe. Animated images are used to explain environmental processes in a way that is simultaneously intuitive and captivating.

There are 90 ‘Science On a Sphere's in museums and science centres around the world and over 300 animated datasets designed to help people of all ages better understand our planet and Earth System science. The museum has named their Sphere "Planet Science" and it's located in the Museum's ‘Exploring Space’ gallery on the ground floor of the museum.

Free 30-minute presentations were shown covering:
  • Paleo plate tectonics (earth formation from 600 million years ago to the present)
  • Blue Planet (water)
  • Formation of hurricanes
  • and Earth's changing ice cover.

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