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This week’s brown bag lecture at the state museum will feature “Taking Science for a Spin: Earth Secrets Revealed on the Museum’s Big Ball” with host Sara Lee. The lecture begins at noon Wednesday at the museum and is free.
In 2009, the museum, in association with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, unveiled a new high-tech projection system called “Science on a Sphere.” SOS allows museum visitors to visualize, in realistic 3-D, highly-technical new research data about geography, weather conditions, sea ice conditions, glaciations, earthquakes, continental drift, tsunamis, vegetation patterns, animal migrations, and even air traffic control.
Lee will lead a virtual tour of the history of our planet with emphasis on the new views she has created to put Alaskan geography and history in global perspective.
Regular winter hours at the museum are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Discounted winter admission is $3. Visitors 18 and under are admitted free of charge.