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Grand Opening Celebration of MSU Museum’s Science On a Sphere Gallery

Stunning Piece of Educational Technology from NOAA Installed at Michigan State University

MSU Museum will celebrate its newest long-term installation, Science On a Sphere on Saturday, JanuaryMSU Museum’s “Science On a Sphere Gallery” 11 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Science On a Sphere is a room-sized interactive system that uses the internet, computers, and video projectors to visualize data onto a globe.

Developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the system uses datasets from NOAA, NASA, universities, science centers and other organizations to explain complex processes along with maps of real-time data. Eventually, Michigan State University students and faculty will share and visualize their own research on the sphere.

Visitors can explore the surface of Mars, look at weather patterns around the globe, watch a visualization of all the airplanes in the air at one moment worldwide, and much more. The sphere can be controlled by Museum staff on an iPad, or a kiosk by visitors. On Saturday, January 11 presenters will preview some of the upcoming public programs on the sphere. “Climate Clues: Visualizing Climate Change,” will debut as the first public show in the gallery on Saturday, January 18. Get tickets and learn more about upcoming programs on the Eventbrite website under MSU Museum.

MSU Museum Director Mark Auslander notes, “We are absolutely thrilled to be able to bring Science on a Sphere to MSU and the mid-Michigan community. The Sphere is a dazzling arena for exploring big data, visualizing environmental transformation, human health and the impact of science and technology all around the world— in three dimensions and in brilliant, moving color images. Each day, as we discover more and more of what the system can do, it simply takes our breath away.”

Bringing Science On a Sphere to the MSU Museum was a collaborative process across the campus of Michigan State University including the expertise of Information and Technology Services (IT Services) and Infrastructure Planning and Facilities (IPF). The Sphere was generously supported by the MSU Federal Credit Union.

MSU Today feature on the Science On a Sphere Gallery grand opening.