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MACH Science on Spherical Displays

Science on a Sphere® (SOS®) is a room sized, global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a six-foot diameter sphere. SoS® displays are located in over 80 venues across the United States. The MACH Center uses this platform at the University of Colorado, Boulder run by the Fiske Planetarium to evaluate the impact of using SOS® as learning and engagement tools with team members (scientists & postdocs) and the public. At the MACH workshop, a team discussion will be held around the SOS® to facilitate cross-discipline learning and planning. Final MACH Center SOS® products will be included on the NOAA portal with other SOS® datasets, when available.

During COVID19 Restrictions in 2020 and 2021, we revised in-person SOS® outreach events to virtual live events, in coordination with the Fiske Planetarium’s Dome-to-Home show.

Three people discussing Earth’s atmosphere using space-based data of Earth’s cloud systems projected onto the Fiske Planetarium’s Science on a Sphere at CU Boulder.
The October 2020 Dome-to-Home show, “Where did the air go?” explored how Mars’ atmosphere changed over time. It featured MACH Co-I’s, Dr. Robin Ramstad and Dr. Laura Peticolas.

Additional Resources

Fiske Planetarium Dome to Home: a science education series that is free and open to all audiences, but specifically geared toward 4th – 8th grade students.

Science on a Sphere (SoS) Network Members: View a list of over 150 institutions globally have SOS displays with the capabilities of interacting with MACH SOS datasets.