Meet NASA's Hyperwall
August 20, 2012

NASA Shows Off ‘Hyperwall’ At American Chemical Society Meeting

Lee Rannals for - Your Universe Online

NASA showed up in style here at the 244th American Chemical Society's National Meeting & Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The space agency set up a booth in the ACS exhibition hall inside the Convention Center, featuring plenty of swag, as well as the NASA hyperwall.

The hyperwall is a nine screen high-resolution display NASA brings into conferences to show off imagery its spacecraft have helped develop.

At the ACS meeting, NASA showed off an animation that revealed the global distribution of Nitrogen Dioxide from October 2004 to April 2010. This animation was created through AURA, using the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI).

The hyperwall has more functions than just AURA animations. It is a powerful education tool that displays Earth sciences, astrophysics, heliophysics and planetary science.

NASA is able to show the constellations Cassiopeia and Cepheus on the hyperwall using pictures taken by WISE.

STEREO gets into the mix as well, which is an instrument that tracks the sun's coronal mass ejections (CME). During this video, you can view a 9-screen version of the sun's most violet explosions, giving you an up close account to the power our closest star has within it.

The hyperwall on display at ACS is petite in comparison to the one that was unveiled a few years back at Ames Research Center.

The 128-screen hyperwall-2 is capable of rendering a quarter billion pixel graphics, and is the world's highest resolution scientific visualization and data exploration environment.

NASA is not the only booth hosting cool stuff at their exhibit here in Philadelphia. The floor is littered with plenty of laboratory instruments that look like they belong in a modern Dr. Frankenstein laboratory.

Keep in touch with this week as we bring you updates for what is happening here at the American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition. During this week, there will be 8,600 presentations given by scientists around the world about their latest research.

Over 14,000 people are attending this year's event, making it once again live up to its nickname "the world series of science."