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Science On a Sphere (SOS) is a room-sized, global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display various earth system scientific data onto a six foot diameter sphere, analogous to a giant animated globe.

Researchers at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) developed Science On a Sphere as an educational tool to help illustrate the science of our earth to people of all ages. Animated images of atmospheric storms, climate changes, and ocean temperatures shown on the sphere can be used to explain environmental processes that can sometimes be complex in ways that are intuitive and captivating.

Science On a Sphere extends the educational program goals of NOAA which are designed to increase public understanding of the earth and environment. Using their collective experience and knowledge of the earth, its land masses, oceans, and atmospheres, NOAA is advancing informal educational programs in science centers, universities, colleges, and museums across the country with SOS installations which are currently in operation at a number of facilities throughout the United States.

IMAG Vision

Broadening perspectives, inspiring life-long learning, and enriching lives by bringing history and science to life

IMAG Mission

To use the lenses of history and science to understand and explore the rich culture and habitat of Southwest Florida