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“Science on a Sphere” now at Houston Museum of Natural Science

There are lots of things that make the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land special, and one of them is over their patrons’ heads — literally.

Created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, their Science on a Sphere display uses computers and video projectors to illustrate real-time data about our planet onto a giant globe that is six feet in diameter.

Science on a Sphere demonstrates weather and other earth science systems for viewers of all ages and downloads 4.23 Terabytes (that’s more than 25 times the size of your iPod’s capacity) of real-time data every year. It animates storms, global temperature and even climate change to make environmental science accessible to everyone.

It already sounds pretty special, but did you know that HMNS Sugar Land is one of only a handful of national museums to have Science on a Sphere? It’s true, and it’s just one of the many singular offerings to enjoy at HMNS Sugar Land.

Their permanent exhibits include the Discovery Works exhibition, where patrons can toy with levers, pulleys and gears and twist, turn and touch everything to learn how each action has a reaction. Kids learn how light waves work, experiment with sound and use their bodies to make electricity in this popular hands-on area.

HMNS’ historic building also boasts a fossil Dig Pit, children’s art gallery and incredible display of fluorescent minerals in the Earth Science Exhibit.

Join them after-hours for Friday Family Fun Night August 17 and enjoy crafts, snacks and activities for the whole family. Rock out with Rock Band while learning about the dazzling world of gems and minerals as you crack open your very own geode.

For more information on HMNS Sugar Land’s facilities and programming, visit

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