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Adirondack Wild Center brings research to life

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Scientists use research to discover how the world works. But most of the time, that information is too advanced for the average person to understand. Well not anymore. Through an exhibit called Planet Adirondack that information comes to life. As our Cara Thomas tells us, the Wild Center in Tupper Lake will open the exhibit this week.

TUPPER LAKE, N.Y. – “Science on a Sphere” is a program that can be found all around the world, but the Wild Center in Tupper Lake is making it their own by creating “Planet Adirondack.” Using a six foot sphere, projectors and high speed computers, the museum is able to show images of the earth's atmosphere, oceans, lands and environmental processes.

Rob Carr, the Wild Center's Exhibits and Interpretive Programs Manager, said, "You can see science in a whole new way. So you can see the way clouds move, the way that oceans move, where vegetation is and how that vegetation affects the atmosphere."

Information is gathered through general research, satellites and even buoys producing current and sometimes live images to see earth and other planets as if you were in outer space yourself.

"The sphere takes research and data developed by organizations like NOAA and NASA and it turns them into these visualizations that make it easier for the lay public to understand," said Carr.

The Planet Adirondack exhibit can show more than just the earth and the planets. With more than 350 animations already created, the possibilities are endless.

Carr said, "Anything spherical you can display in Planet Adirondack. It can turn into the death star from Star Wars, it can turn into a blinking eye, a soccer ball, all fun things, but things we can use to again tell a certain story."

But there's one main story the Wild Center wants to tell. Using their new exhibit, they want to show how the Adirondack Park is directly connected to the rest of the world.

Planet Adirondack will open to the public on Friday.

Visitors to the Wild Center can participate in presentations about the earth and Planet Adirondack and interact with the sphere themselves.

For more information about the Wild Center and the new exhibit, visit www.wildcenter.org.

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