Science On A Sphere


Free with admission

Science On a Sphere is an amazing spherical display system that projects dynamic simulations of the Earth, its atmosphere, oceans and land. Simply put, it’s a global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a 6-foot diameter sphere, analogous to a giant animated globe.

It allows visitors to easily view and interpret global phenomena and is a great teaching tool to educate audiences – young and old – on environmental issues that impact our lives.

The Detroit Zoo is only the second zoo in the country to install the system as a permanent attraction. Science On a Sphere was developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the agency that studies environmental data and provides the operating systems for this remarkable exhibit.

Science On a Sphere is located inside the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery, the first building you’ll see as you enter the Zoo via the main gate.  Once inside, it is just to the left.