Feel the Earth Geo-Cosmos

Main Specifications
Luminescence device: Organic LED
(10,362 square panels [96 mm])
Size: Diameter 6 meters
(Approx. 1/2 millionth the size of the Earth)
Number of pixels: 10 million pixels and over
Inner structure: Geodesic octahedral model

The Geo-Cosmos, the symbol exhibit of Miraikan, produces a rendition of our Earth shining brightly in space with a super high precision exceeding 10 million pixels. It is the world’s first "Globe-like display" using organic LED panels and was created from Miraikan's Chief Executive Director Mamoru Mohri's desire of "wanting to share with people the sight of our beautiful Earth as seen from space." The images of clouds floating across the display are created from images shot by weather satellites each day. It allows you to see realistic image of how the earth looks like.
Realization: DENTSU INC., Mitsubishi Electric corporation, Go and Pertners, Inc., GK Tech Inc.
Data: University of Wisconsin SSEC, Geoscience & PlanetObserver.com

Currently on screening schedule

Geo-Cosmos can be viewed at any time from the first-floor Symbol Zone and the third- and fifth-floor display floors. (The first-floor Symbol Zone can be accessed free of charge.) Normally showing is “Feel the Earth,” which gives you the feel of how our planet looks from outer space. At certain times during the day, the following programs will be screened.

Screening schedule here

The Earth

The images of clouds that have been taken from satellites over the past 90 days are put together as an eight-minute, 24-second video. Data from multiple satellites in geosynchronous (over the equator) and polar (connecting the North and South Poles) orbit are put together to show the cloud formations on the entire world. Every morning at 5:00 am, all the data from the previous 30 hours are combined to renew the video. You will be able to see the everchanging live Earth while you are in the Miraikan.

Data: University of Wisconsin SSEC, Geoscience & PlanetObserver.com

Digging the Future

This video takes us from the creation of the Earth to the present, telling us through rap music what humans leave behind on the geological history our planet. It is possible that the plastic and concrete that humans continue to produce will remain to form a geological layer in the Earth’s distant future. Designating this hypothetical manmade stratum as the Anthropocene epoch, scientists who study the history of our plant through rocks, scientists who do so through evolution, and artists collaborated to create this video.

* This video “Digging the Future” was produced with support from Aramco Asia Japan K.K., the Japanese subsidiary of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Armco), the Saudi Arabian national petroleum and natural gas company.

Science Supervisor: Motoyoshi Yoichi (Professor, National Institute of Polar Research), Sakura Osaamu (Professor, The University of Tokyo / Team Leader, RIKEN)
Artist: Tamaki Roy / U-zhaan / Furuya Kurando

Chemical Weather Forecast – Materials causing photochemical smog

Photochemical smog-generating ozone and its precursor nitrogen oxide: their movement in the atmosphere is revealed through simulation and visualized here. Photochemical smog swept a devastating path through Japan in the 1970s, and is now occurring more frequently again of late. One cause is believed to be the cross-border inflow of these substances. A full-globe, 56km-grid forecast model was used to do the calculations with observations by satellite and aircraft and statistical data on emission distribution. The video depicts the concentration distribution and movement of the nitrogen oxide and ozone: nitrogen oxide (NOx)in red, and ozone (O3) in blue.


Apollo11 “The Eagle has landed.”

This video portrays the Moon landing by Apollo 11, together with the lunar view recreated from the latest observation data. The story goes back half a century to take you through the final minutes up to the all-important landing of the Eagle, the Apollo 11 lunar module, complete with the voice recording of the communication with the mission control center. The visuals of the Moon have been recreated for this video from the lunar surface data from laser altimeters mounted on two satellites in orbit around the Moon, JAXA’s Kaguya and NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. It depicts the Moon’s unique contours in meticulous detail.


Geo-Cosmos Content Contest Winners

These are award winners of the Geo-Cosmos Content Contest, which solicited entries aimed at opening up new possibilities and ways of expression for the globe-like display Geo-Cosmos. Three competitions were held, beginning in 2014, as part of Miraikan’s TSUNAGARI project, which explored the future of life and the Earth from multiple perspectives. Shown are the award winners of the second competition, themed “Time on the Globe,” and the third, themed “Invisible Reality.”

  • 【The 3rd Geo-Cosmos Content Contest, Film category】 “The world that splits and converges” Kasahara Yumiko (Director, CG director)

  • 【Geo-Cosmos Content Contest 2015】 “Time Particles” supersymmetry (OMNIBUS JAPAN INC.) Ohno Tetsuji

  • 【The 3rd Geo-Cosmos Content Contest, Film category】 “The Surface. -Appear and disappear-“ Shibata Daihei / evala / Boxx Inc. / Futurek Inc.

  • 【The 3rd Geo-Cosmos Content Contest, Film category】 “Play balls” Yuji Inoue / Yugo Suzuki / Yusuke Fujita

Geo-Cosmos のコンテンツ例

Visualization of Scientific Information

Geo-Cosmos presents scientific data updated every day, such as air flow and simulations of future forecasts. It is possible to illustrate hundreds of types of data. Through collaborations with researchers, Miraikan receives highly precise information, and shows the Earth in many ways based on this information. Geo-Cosmos can be a platform where visitors learn about one another and about the Earth, as narrated by Science Communicators.

  • Land Cover
    Data: Global Mapping Project (International Steering Committee for Global Mapping, Geospatial Information Authority of Japan, Chiba University)
  • Future Projection, Air Temperature
  • The Seasons on Earth
    Data: NASA Earth Observations


Future Projection, Air Temperature

The Searching Planet

“The Searching Planet” is a new content from Google and Miraikan which projects global Google Search trends onto the Geo-Cosmos. From checking calories, to learning more about the movement of the stars, people have been turning to the Web to ask questions and find answers since the birth of the internet. “The Searching Planet” visualizes these questions and provides a lens through which to see our changing interests and desires. This content categorizes these trends under various themes, including food, sports, pets and current affairs.

Design, creation and copyright: Google and Miraikan

World Processor Powered by Geo-Gosmos (by Ingo Günther)

World Processor powered by Geo-Cosmos - WP(x)GC, was created by Ingo Günther, a media artist and journalist originally from Germany. This is an ongoing project that illustrates humanity’s interaction with Earth. It presents distributions and movements in politics, economics, the environment, and social issues. The presentation is grouped into eight themes— Human Activities, Social, Borders, Water, Economics, Transportation, Communication, and Japan ≠ World Averages. It is best viewed from the third floor.


    : Theme “SOCIAL”
    : Theme “BORDERS”
    : Theme “ECONOMICS”
    : Theme “WATER”

Data provided by: UNDP’s HDR (Human Development Report), The World Bank, OECD /Visualization: Elias N. Melad, Nathan Townes-Anderson, Amy Brener, Sharone Vendriger, Mike Shea, Go and Partners,Inc. /Realizatio: P3 art and environment /Special Thanks to: Andrew Saunders, RPI, Manuela Hartel, Andreas Riedl, Jan Mokre

The Music of Geo-Cosmos

Geo-Sound by Jeff Mills
“Inner Cosmos Soundtrack”

Music created by Mr. Jeff Mills, a techno-producer and DJ, can be heard on the Oval Bridge connecting the 3F and 5F. This soundtrack is an accompaniment for watching the Earth. The soundtrack to go with the Geo-Cosmos is based on the experience of Chief Executive Director, Dr. Mamoru Mohri, in space, and was produced with the concept of linking space, Earth, and human beings.
(Along with the opening of Geo-Cosmos in 2001 when Miraikan was opened, the soundtrack was produced by a Japanese musician, Mr. Ryuichi Sakamoto. This music is generated together with changes in the environment, such as temperature, illuminance, solar radiation intensity, wind direction and speed. With the renewal of the Geo-Cosmos, Miraikan has released the music of Mr. Jeff Mills in 2013, in place of the former soundtrack.)

Music changes

The soundtrack changes smoothly depending on the day and time—everydays from Mondays to Fridays, weekends, mornings, afternoons, evenings, and nights. Enjoy “the Earth” on Geo-Cosmos as you listen to the music that is playing when you visit.

Special sound system

The sound system along the Oval Bridge is made up of 32 speakers with 16 channels. This creates sounds that change as the visitor proceeds through the walkway. The reflection of sound on glass produces an incredible sense of depth toward the direction of movement. Those who are tall can gain an even stronger sense of the sound by lowering their ears below the height of the glass walls.

Concept designed and Music composed by: Jeff Mills /Sound Designed by: Go and Partners, Inc. / SYNETICS LTD