Science On a Sphere

Shows at 12:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.


Science on a Sphere: Located on the left-hand side of the building, past Design Quest

Science On a Sphere (SOS)® is a three-dimensional video projection of our planet. This six-foot globe hovers in the air and displays stunning visual effects, like weather patterns, that are based on actual scientific data.

Science On a Sphere is temporarily closed.

Shows at 12:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.

Guided Shows

Journey to Jupiter – 12:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.

15-minute sphere show

Celebrate the first anniversary of the JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (JUICE)’s launch with us! Join us for a 15-minute interactive program exploring the solar system’s biggest planet and its three biggest icy moons. 

Note: times & availability subject to change

A whole world for you to see

Get an astronaut’s-eye-view of Earth’s surface—without leaving the ground—as it changes minute to minute, by the hour, through the seasons, and over the years!

Science On a Sphere® creates stunning visual animations from real planetary data, and displays them dynamically on a six-foot-diameter globe. This unique and captivating educational tool projects global data for Earth and other celestial bodies like Jupiter and the Moon. Suspended from the ceiling, the animated sphere seems to float in space—the way planets look to astronauts in space.

In Science On a Sphere, you can see:

  • Surface features of Mars
  • Massive storms forming and moving over Earth’s oceans and landmasses
  • Night lights around the globe that reveal our planet’s most densely populated areas
  • And much more

The variety of available datasets about the land, ocean, atmosphere, and more help visitors of all ages understand complex environmental processes. These include climate change, plate tectonics, and natural hazards, all of which can affect everyone.

Developed By

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Explore Science On a Sphere at the The Lawrence, and visit for more information.

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Age 3+: $20

Kids under 2: FREE

Members: FREE

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Guided Shows

Explaining Eclipses – 12:00 & 4:00 p.m.
Occasionally the Sun disappears from Earth’s daytime sky when its light is blocked by the Moon. This 15-minute Science On a Sphere demonstration, including kid-powered props, explores how solar eclipses occur and where and when you can see them.

Guided Shows

Explaining Eclipses – 12:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.

15-minute sphere show

Get ready for a partial solar eclipse on April 8! Learn about the science behind eclipses and why they happen in this interactive show.

Note: times & availability subject to change