‘Magic Planet’ on display

Posted on November 13th in News


OMSI’s creation placed at Harney County Library throughout November


The Magic Planet shows a number of different conditions on the Earth’s surface. (Photo by Randy Parks)

The Magic Planet shows a number of different conditions on the Earth’s surface. (Photo by Randy Parks)

A lighted globe that spins colorful windstorms, tsunamis, ocean currents and more across oceans and continents on Earth’s surface is on loan from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) to the Harney County Library.

The “Magic Planet” globe from OMSI is part of a NASA exhibit that is touring throughout Eastern Oregon. It will be available for Harney County residents to view from this week through the first week of December.

The Magic Planet sits on top of a projector that sends images to its inside, the Earth’s surface, and is connected to a laptop programmed by NASA to show dozens of moving images and programs as our planet lights up and spins.

The Magic Planet features brilliantly-colored displays such as Earth’s city lights, climate change, tsunamis, wind streams, ocean currents, geographic and topographic features and much more – including 7-minute videos about Earth that are projected onto the globe’s surface.


“The Magic Planet is amazing. It captivates the senses. The one we’re bringing out to Eastern Oregon is a smaller version of the huge Science on a Sphere exhibit we’ve had here at the museum in Portland,” said Nate Lesiuk, program developer for OMSI’s Earth From Space program.

“People are fascinated by it. Here at the museum we call it ‘eye candy’,” Lesiuk added.

The Magic Planet is brought to public libraries in the region through a NASA grant provided to OMSI in collaboration with Libraries of Eastern Oregon (LEO).  The exhibit will be rotated among public libraries in Eastern Oregon throughout 2014.

For further information, contact Lesiuk at 503-239-7817 or library director Cheryl Hancock at 541-573-6670. To learn more about OMSI and its NASA exhibits, please see www.omsi.edu

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