SOS Explorer 4+

Explore Earth and Space

NOAA Science On a Sphere

Designed for iPad

    • 4.7 • 20 Ratings
    • Free



SOS Explorer (SOSx) Mobile is a free, flat screen mobile app version of the popular NOAA Science On a Sphere (SOS). This revolutionary software takes SOS datasets, usually only seen on a 6-foot sphere in large museum spaces, and makes them accessible, portable, and interactive anywhere. SOSx Mobile can immerse the user in animated images such as Saturn’s rings, atmospheric storms, climate change, and ocean temperatures to help explain sometimes complex environmental processes in a way that is intuitive, captivating, interactive, and entertaining. A desktop version, called SOS Explorer, is also available.

Thank you for using SOS Explorer (SOSx) Mobile. We are committed to continually improving our software and providing you with an engaging and educational experience. We hope you enjoy the new features and enhancements in version 1.2! Please continue to share your feedback with us as we work on improvements. We appreciate your patience and support.

Features include:

• Streaming, high-resolution datasets
• Educational videos
• User-guided tours
• Analysis tools
• 100+ datasets
• Global and flat map views

Sample datasets:

• Recent Hurricane Seasons
• Bird Migration
• Earthquake Activity
• Snow and Ice
• Ocean Currents
• Historical Tsunamis
• Facebook Friendships
• Air Traffic
• Planets of the Solar System
• Climate Change Models
• 360 Underwater Imagery
• Narrated Movies
• ...and so much more!

What’s New

Version 1.2.2

In SOS Explorer, a bug was found,
Where Chinese texts were not sound.
Simplified, traditional, in a mix,
Characters missing, in a fix.
Now corrected, clarity abounds!

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

ksmith47406 ,


Whoever wrote ‘What’s New’ for Version 1.2.2, I have found
Has improved my mood, all around!

Life is Light ,

A Spectacular Tool!

This is one of the most informative and innovative tools i’ve ever come across.. Period!

However, one of my goals with writing this review is to help improve the overall user experience by informing the app developer of an issue i’ve with the graphical user interface.

The issue is as follows:
While using the pinch to zoom function concurrently with drag to rotate, the globe suddenly “jumps” sporadically to an undesired location - typically on the opposite side of the globe. This issue is greatly frustrating and makes in-depth exploration quite challenging.

I am using the app on an iPhone 11 with iOS 14. I genuinely hope that this can be resolved as an update with future releases and bug fixes.

Thank you,

Mr. E West

lucifer1949 ,

Terrific Earth Sciences tool

Just got this and it’s fascinating. All kinds of data and links to mini science movies explaining everything from climate change to space weather and Auroras. Great for inquisitive adults and a must have for kids interested in science

App Privacy

The developer, NOAA Science On a Sphere, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Browsing History
  • Usage Data

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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