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Not Like the Old Days

Pre-pandemic photo of “Science On a Sphere”


Remember that dusty old globe of the Earth that used to sit in the corner at school?

The IMAG History & Science Center in Fort Myers has the 21st century upgrade.

Science On a Sphere (SOS) is a room-sized, global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display various earth system scientific data onto a six-foot-diameter sphere, analogous to a giant animated globe.  It’s basically a colossal, globe-shaped movie screen. It can show real-time video of hurricanes moving across the Earth, an up-close view of Mars, global greenhouse emissions and more.

Researchers at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) developed Science On a Sphere as an educational tool to help illustrate the science of our earth to people of all ages. Animated images of atmospheric storms, climate changes, and ocean temperatures shown on the sphere can be used to explain complex environmental processes in ways that are intuitive and captivating.

Science On a Sphere is one of many exhibits at IMAG, located at 2000 Cranford Avenue in downtown Fort Myers.  Admission is $12-$15 and the museum is open noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.  For more information, including details on their COVID-19 Safety Plan, call 239-243-0043 or visit

Just another reason why Ocean’s Reach is not only a phenomenal place to vacation, but to “schoolcation” these days, too!

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