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Visitors Experience Cutting-Edge Science in 3-D on New Interactive Globe at Rochester Museum & Science Center

    ROCHESTER, NY—Visitors to the Rochester Museum & Science Center have the extraordinary opportunity to engage in an immersive science experience starting August 28. Science On a Sphere® (SOS) is an interactive globe and three-dimensional data projection system that transforms to showcase such natural phenomena as atmospheric storms and planetary features in high-resolution. A focal point of the RMSC’s new Data Theater, SOS will open on the second floor in the re-created Schuyler C. Townson Research Library reading room.
    “We are delighted to share Science On a Sphere with the community and have our guests explore Earth and space science in ways that are highly visual and engaging,” said Dan Menelly, chief program officer for science and technology, RMSC.

    In stunning detail and accuracy, guests will experience real-time data through specially developed planetary and Earth science demonstrations presented in three dimensions. In addition to celestial activity, SOS will reveal patterns in data on a global scale, including striking graphic representations of the paths of storms, changes in ocean temperature and other phenomena. The data involved is frequently the product of technologies developed in the Rochester research and innovation communities. The SOS project was funded by generous donors from the last two RMSC Innovation Celebration galas.
    Science On a Sphere was developed by researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as a visualization tool to help illustrate Earth and space sciences to people of all ages and backgrounds.

    Admission to Science On a Sphere is included in regular Museum admission. Regular Museum admission is $13 adults, $12 seniors and college students with ID, $11 ages 3 to 18, free for RMSC members and children under 3. For group reservations and rates, call 585.697.1942. SOS will be open daily. Visit for hours and other details.

    For high-resolution images and additional information, contact Amanda Bayer, Communications Specialist, RMSC at 585.697.1962 or
    Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester’s past including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families.

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