Magic Planet Projection Sphere System Standard Display Options

Portable Projection Sphere Systems

The Magic Planet® portable projection sphere system fits on a desktop, and offers the choice of two globe sizes: 16” (41 cm) diameter or 24” (61 cm) diameter.  It’s easy to pack up and bring between classrooms, or even between schools in a district.  A 16” globe is ideal for smaller locations where the kids will be up close, while the 24” system suits most classrooms or libraries.

Pedestal Projection Sphere Systems

Bigger.  Brighter.  The Magic Planet projection sphere pedestal system is free standing and offers the choice of three globe sizes:  24” (61 cm), 30” (71 cm) and 36” (91 cm).  It’s ideal for brighter locations and larger rooms. You can roll it around the school campus with ease, so it can be in the classroom for lessons or in the library for enrichment at other times.  It delivers value all day every day.

Library Projection Sphere Systems

With the Library Package, your students can go on amazing filed trips to see premiere museum exhibits without ever leaving the library!  It’s a plug-and-play package that creates your own “mini-museum-exhibit” – to run any of the numerous museum exhibits or IMAX-like movies available for the Magic Planet.  The Library Package projection sphere comes with everything you need: a computer pre-loaded with museum exhibits, movies and all the software, as well as either: a tabletop touchscreen that’s easily portable, or a rugged, free-standing kiosk that’s just what you’d find in a museum or science center.

Want Even Bigger, Brighter, Better?

For video globes in larger sizes, with higher resolution or brightness, or in other configurations (for example, configurations where your fabricator can build a custom enclosure to suit the room aesthetics), please see our offerings for institutions.  Our institutional projection sphere offerings span a very broad range, up to the largest, highest resolution, brightest digital video globes available anywhere.  Our software, content, subscriptions – and of course Community content – work across all our systems so no matter the model or configuration, there are no limits to how you use your Magic Planet!

Projection Sphere System Accessories


If you want to use your Magic Planet in a variety of schools in the district, or show it off at a conference, shipping cases for your Magic Planet are a great accessory.  Made of high impact ballistic plastic, Magic Planet projection sphere cases have been proven to meet the rigors of the road by traveling hundreds of thousands of miles.  One case for the globe, and one case for the system, lens cables and accessories – as well as room for your laptop – means that it’s easy to transport your entire Magic Planet system.

Dual Display Video Card

If you have a laptop and need to connect both the Magic Planet and the classroom projector to it, a dual display video card is the perfect solution.  Most laptops have only one video output.  But the dual display card plugs into a USB port of your computer, and provides a second VGA output for your computer.  Problem solved!

Projection Sphere Apps and Tools

Basic Software Package – Global Imagination®

Each Magic Planet comes bundled with a license for the Basic Software Package. It includes everything you need for your lessons: software to drive the Magic Planet, a plugin for PowerPoint so connecting the Magic Planet to your lesson is point-and-click, software to work with Interactive Whiteboards, an iPad interface and more. If you want to install the Basic Package on more computers, buying the 5-pack is a convenient option.

Premium Software Package – Global Imagination

The Premium Software Package includes a suite of content creation tools, designed so teachers simply and easily can create their own content to display on the Magic Planet and tie it to their lesson.  It also enables students – either individually or as a group – to create interactive multi-media projects that run on the globe to help cement their learning.  It even includes tools so teachers can build interactive assessments that run on the Magic Planet.

Exhibit Package – Global Imagination

The Exhibit Package provides everything you need to select and run any of the numerous museum exhibits and movies that are available for the Magic Planet.  You can set your Magic Planet up in a “kiosk configuration” – just the way museums do – in the library or common area; use the exhibits and movies in your classroom; or browse the exhibits to find content to incorporate into your lessons.

FullGlobe – Global Imagination and the Navegar Foundation

FullGlobe is a plug-in for Adobe After Effects that makes it easy to create professional quality “globe movies.”  With FullGlobe, your student animators and digital artists can create high quality videos for the Magic Planet and express their true creativity on a new medium – the digital video globe.

TourGuide Atlas– Global Imagination

TourGuide Atlas provides interactive world maps that run on the Magic Planet – just move your cursor over the country and the country’s information “pops up”: capital, type of government; population; currency – almost any country information or statistic.   It’s far more engaging and effective than trying to remember tables of information about countries.  And it includes a quiz engine to make learning country information even more fun. (Requires the Premium Software Package)

Eyes on the Earth– NASA JPL and The Elumenati

Monitor the Earth’s vital signs with NASA mission data on the Magic Planet. Explore recent data for air temperature, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, sea level, ozone, ice and water.  Follow NASA satellites and learn how they collect critical data about Earth’s atmosphere, land and oceans.  And see spectacular views of our home planet from space, updated daily.

Eyes on the Solar System – NASA JPL and The Elumenati

Eyes on the Solar System is a 3-D environment full of real NASA mission data. Explore the cosmos on your Magic Planet projection sphere system. Hop on an asteroid. Experience the Mars Curiosity rover landing, and fly with NASA’s Voyager spacecraft. See the entire solar system moving in real time. It’s up to you. You control space and time.

The Layered Earth Geology

The Layered Earth Geology, by Simulation Curriculum, is the ideal way for High School and Middle School students to learn Geology and Earth Science using state of the art simulation software and the Magic Planet. Our comprehensive, interactive curriculum covers topics including Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and more. Classroom and school licenses are available.

The Layered Earth Meteorology

The Layered Earth Meteorology, by Simulation Curriculum, gives High School and Middle School students a set of dynamic interactive simulations and learning tools to explore topics including the Atmosphere, Weather, Oceans, Earth’s Energy Balance, Atmospheric Circulation and Climate Change on the Magic Planet. Classroom and school licenses are available.

The Layered Earth Physical Geography

The Layered Earth Physical Geography, by Simulation Curriculum, provides a student-focused, rich multi-media environment that includes lessons, interactive computer simulations, innovative exercises, numerous extensions and connections, and assessment activities.  With The Layered Earth, you’ll give your students everything a textbook can’t give them: a highly detailed, data-driven, virtual model of Earth that can be measured, manipulated and visualized on the Magic Planet. Classroom and school licenses are available.

Starry Night Elementary

The pulse of the tides, the dance of the Moon and the swing of the seasons captivate even the youngest child with a projection sphere system. The realistic visualizations in Starry Night Elementary, by Simulation Curriculum, engage students’ natural fascination and guides them to understand the world on a scientific basis. With lesson plans and activities correlated to state and national standards, Starry Night Elementary for grades K-4 is the most effective way to introduce space science with the Magic Planet. Read Testimonials

Starry Night Middle School

Meeting all your curriculum standards is easy with Starry Night Middle School, by Simulation Curriculum.  It’s an integrated space science curriculum solution written by teachers for teachers. Aligned to 5th through 8th grade national and state science standards, Starry Night Middle School introduces astronomy through innovative lessons that use the Magic Planet and teach the critical space science concepts for science assessments.

Starry Night High School

Astronomy is a big subject — Starry Night High School, by Simulation Curriculum, makes it easy to teach with a comprehensive space science curriculum solution written for teachers by teachers.  Aligned to 9th through 12th grade national and state science standards, Starry Night High School offers innovative lesson plans with hands-on activities incorporating the Magic Planet, software guided explorations, DVD movie content and assessment tests.

Starry Night College

Starry Night College, by Simulation Curriculum, helps you teach a more satisfying course by making it easier for introductory astronomy students to visually grasp the concepts of astronomy using the Magic Planet. Starry Night College is the ideal auxiliary companion to your introductory astronomy textbook and includes 45 computer exercises fully mapped to popular textbooks.  Let Starry Night College help pass on your enthusiast about the universe to your students. You’ll be amazed at what they will learn and what a great time they will have with your course and this program.


Global Imagination has aggregated the world’s largest collection of global content for projection sphere systems: images, animations, movies, museum exhibits, atlases and much more – spanning a huge array of topics, and a wide variety of school subjects.  It’s content created by some of the most prestigious institutions in the world: NASA, NOAA, The World Bank, The Smithsonian; the California Science Center; the European Space Agency; UNESCO; and numerous others.  Much of this content is free, and the collection keeps growing rapidly! Teachers aren’t limited to the content we’ve collected – there are literally thousands of images and animations available on the Internet.  All of Global Imagination’s software uses the Internet standard for global imagery, so there’s almost an endless supply from which to choose.  You can also use your favorite drawing, GIS or animation tool to create your own or to all labels, graphics and layers.  Use what we’ve collected; find content on the Internet; or create your own quickly and easily – the choice is yours.

Magic Planet Subscriptions

Premium Community Subscription

The Premium Community Subscription enables you to access and download any of the professional museum exhibits and theater-style movies on an ongoing basis.  They range in size from hundreds of megabytes up to about 20 GB each.

Dynamic Earth – real-time weather and earthquakes

Dynamic Earth lets you see global weather patterns on the projection sphere system as they happen, and see where there are earthquakes around the globe in real-time.  It downloads global images every hour and stores up to eight weeks of them to create great animations.  Seeing weather and earthquakes on the Magic Planet is one of the most popular – and educational activities available.

Land Surface Temperature

Touch the ground and you’ll feel the land surface temperature. Satellites can also measure this temperature from space, and this real-time animation from NOAA’s Visualization Lab allows you to watch the daily average on the Magic Planet.  The images are generated by averaging all of the data collected by the NOAA AMSU and DMSP SSM/I microwave sensors from 4 different polar-orbiting satellites over a 24 hour period. Blue areas are cool and orange areas are warm.

Snow and Ice Cover

Watch an animation of real-time global snow and ice coverage on the Magic Planet projection sphere system, updated daily.  Produced by NOAA’s visualization lab, this animation combines Infrared and microwave data from multiple satellites including the NOAA’s GOES Imager and POES AVHRR, US Air Force DMSP/SSMI, and EUMETSAT MSG/SEVIRI sensors.  Light blue areas indicate sea ice extent, whereas white colors indicate all other areas of the cryosphere (areas covered by ice, snow, glaciers, or permafrost).

The Sun

This real-time animation, produced by NASA, combines the images from two satellites of the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, STEREO, mission along with images from the Solar Dynamics Observatory at the 304A wavelength.  You’ll see solar storms, flares and sunspots updated daily (with a five day lag).

Drought Risk

Satellites can detect the difference between rock, grassland, and forests because these surfaces emit energy differently back into space. By measuring these differences and observing the patterns of vegetation –or its lack of growth–NOAA scientists can monitor how droughts are changing across the world through time.  Yellow areas indicate areas under moderate drought conditions; red indicates areas experiencing extreme drought conditions. This real-time animation is updated weekly.

Total Precipitable Water

This real-time animation from NOAA shown the total amount of moisture in the atmosphere, updated daily.  The atmosphere contains an enormous amount of moisture that circulates around the globe. However, not all of it actually condenses into rain, sleet, or snow since the right balance of pressure and temperature are needed to create precipitation.   This dataset uses data from the Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit, AMSU, which is attached to the NOAA Polar Environmental Orbiting Satellites NOAA 15, NOAA 16, and NOAA 17.

Sea Surface Temperature

The real-time sea surface temperature dataset, updated daily, is provided by the NOAA Center for Satellite Applications and Research.  The interaction between the ocean and the atmosphere is one that scientists are constantly researching, and the temperature of the sea surface is a key factor in those interactions.  The SST images are data merged from several different satellites  By collecting data from multiple satellites, high resolution, accurate, cloud-free composites can be generated on a daily basis.

Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly

The real-time sea surface temperature anomaly, updated daily, is the difference between the current temperature and the long-term temperature average. Negative temperature differences indicate that the ocean is cooler than average, while positive temperature difference indicate that the ocean is warmer than average. Tracking sea surface anomalies helps scientists quickly identify areas of warming and cooling, which can effect coral reef ecosystems, hurricane development, and the development of El Nino and La Nina.

Ocean Color

This real-time animation, updated monthly, uses the NASA Aqua satellite to measure the amount of plankton and sediments that exists in the surface of the world’s oceans. Scientists use plankton for estimating the general health and biomass distributions in the oceans since these are known to play a key role in marine food webs.

Sea Surface Salinity

This real-time animation, updated monthly on the projection sphere system, maps the distribution of the surface salinity levels on the world’s oceans, giving scientists an unparalleled view of the global ocean circulation processes.  Overall, salinity plays a key role in general ocean circulation dynamics, global water cycles (evaporation, precipitation, water vapor, etc.), climate and sea ice extent. The Aquarius Sea Surface Salinity data is produced by NASA. The oceans are shaded according to the observed concentrations of salt on the ocean surface using practical salinity units.