Exploring Earth and beyond with Science on a Sphere

Science on a Sphere puts the world and the universe at your fingertips! Marvel at the beauty of our blue planet and blast-off into outer space when you explore Earth and beyond in SparkLab.  

Our huge 1.8m diameter sphere suspended in the centre of SparkLab uses the latest digital technology to project global, environmental and planetary data onto its surface. Choose what to investigate as you wonder at the world around you or explore Earth’s relationship with neighbouring planets. Where will your curiosity take you?

Our dynamic and changing Earth

Journey back in time 750 million years ago with Paleomap and observe our changing Earth as mountains and continents formed and the world as we know it took shape.  Investigate this constant change by diving deep to examine the Age of the Seafloor or by looking for patterns as you explore Earthquakes over the past 100 years. Fast forward to present day as you watch cyclones and extreme weather form in Clouds with Precipitation or Land Surface Temperature. After exploring one part of the world, rotate Earth and check out what is happening in real-time on the opposite side of the planet with a single touch.

Life on Earth

Imagine looking at life on Earth, from a vantage point in outer space.  With Science on a Sphere, you can investigate biodiversity in different areas of the world, both Species Richness (number of different species) and Threatened Species. Track the movements and migration patterns of species like sharks, turtles and birds around the planet to understand the scale of their incredible journeys, and even investigate the movements of our own species including Human Migration in the 2010s, the human footprint of global movement with Human Transportation and evidence of where we live with Night Time Lights.

To the Moon and beyond

If you’ve always dreamed of space travel, you can journey to the Moon to see the far side up close – a side we never see from here on Earth.  Then head into the Solar System and compare Mars, Mercury, Jupiter and other planets. Investigate Planet Rotations and consider how a day on different planets can range from nearly 10 hours to just over 58 Earth days. Top off your time in space exploring the constellations of the Milky Way in a panoramic view.

Choose what you want to explore!

Developed by researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in the United States, Science on a Sphere is a journey around our Earth and solar system where you choose where and what to explore. With over 500 datasets to select, you can follow your interests, ask curious questions, explore a topical Earth event or just marvel at the beauty of our world.


Access to Science on a Sphere is available during SparkLab opening hours and is included with your SparkLab ticket. Regular facilitated Science on a Sphere Explorations sessions are held daily at 10:15am, 11:15am, 1:15pm, 2:15pm. Here, you can ask questions, share your observations and build on new ideas with our SparkLab Learning Officers. View SparkLab ticket prices.

Visit SparkLab on Level 1 of the Museum to get hands-on with Science on a Sphere. Share your visit with us on social media by tagging #SparkLabQM and @qldmuseum.