Science On a Sphere, now at VCU, offers a world of possibilities
September 10, 2020
By Joan Tupponce, University Public Affairs
Anyone passing through the foyer of the Trani Center for Life Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University will notice a fascinating new feature — a 6-foot diameter sphere suspended 25 feet above the ground. Known as Science On a Sphere, the global display system is on long-term loan from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
Science On a Sphere shows animated images of the atmosphere, oceans and land. It is primarily used as an education and outreach tool to describe the environmental processes of Earth. Four projectors illuminate the hollow, lightweight carbon-fiber sphere and give it life.
“The sphere doesn’t rotate, but it gives you the impression that it’s rotating,” said Robert Tombes, Ph.D., vice provost for life sciences and research. “It’s really amazing. It will capture your imagination.”
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