Science on a Sphere® Theater

Earth’s Bathysphere and the Milkyway

Get on a rocket.
Blast off to …
Look at the Earth from afar.
What a spectacular view!

-OR-

Come to Science on a Sphere
Theater (room 803)
Look at the Earth as if from afar.
What a spectacular view!

SFCC’s Science on a Sphere® (SOS) program uses a white, 6 foot diameter sphere in a dark room (Rm# 803) to display images of Planet Earth and its various systems (water, land, air, Human impact). The SOS images are beautifully presented to create a rotating Earth. These images invite viewers to both learn and step back in awe of the beauty and complexity of our Earth.

The display of the planets and other bodies in our solar system are provided  as a comparison for our changing Earth’s climate.

The Science on a Sphere® is an educational product of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The satellite imagery has been provided by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

SHOWS: Mondays Noon to 2PM. Thursdays 4PM to 6PM
QUIET TIME: Wednesdays Noon to 1PM — Just the Blue Marble

Science on a Sphere® presents our Earth as it appears in the round.  In the SOS Theater, NOAA datasets are displayed creating truly accurate images of the Earth.

 Using NOAA and NASA datasets, SOS has developed unique programs that allow the SOS audiences to observe:

  • Real-time weather, historical weather systems and projected future weather patterns.
  • The depth and intensity of real-time earthquakes, historical earthquakes and related tsunamis.
  • Real-time volcanic activity and historic eruptions.
  • Tectonic plate movements, with related earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis.
  • Ocean temperatures, currents and scientific buoy locations.
  • Climate change information and projections of climate change impacts.
  • Earth’s shifting magnetic fields and historical aurora activity.
  • Using NASA datasets, we can tour the solar system’s planets and their moons.
  • Movement of migrating sharks, whales, birds and other migratory animals.
  • These are just a few of the hundreds of projections possible at the Science on a Sphere Theater.

For Special Presentations contact tami.crespin@sfcc.edu or see Educator’s page.

Other webpages of interest are:

https://sos.noaa.gov/What_is_SOS/ and https://sfcc.edu/planetarium