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12/16/2013
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Meet NOAA's Unique 3D Weather Tool

Science on a Sphere, a carbon-fiber globe created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, displays weather conditions and environmental data in a compelling way.
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World weather on a sphere  
Using a design originally conceived by Alexander 'Sandy' MacDonald, director of NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colo., NOAA's Science on a Sphere system uses an array of projectors to beam current satellite images onto a 68-inch, white carbon-fiber sphere, like this one pictured at the National Severe Storm Lab.

Image credit: NOAA photo by Will von Dauster.

World weather on a sphere
Using a design originally conceived by Alexander "Sandy" MacDonald, director of NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colo., NOAA's Science on a Sphere system uses an array of projectors to beam current satellite images onto a 68-inch, white carbon-fiber sphere, like this one pictured at the National Severe Storm Lab.

Image credit: NOAA photo by Will von Dauster.

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12/16/2013 | 6:01:52 PM
The world on display
When you realize NOAA has helped assemble 400 sets of data to project on these globes, you realize what an powerful learning tool this has become in science centers all over the world.
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12/16/2013 | 1:38:36 PM
Other applications?
Interesting data visualtization project. Readers, do you see other commercial applications for spheres like this?
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