Planetary Research Station - Discovery Cube Orange CountyPlanetary Research Station - Discovery Cube Orange County

Planetary Research Station

In the Planetary Research Station, view the earth on a suspended, animated globe from a completely unique vantage point. Explore weather patterns, observe historic storms and relive catastrophic earthquakes. It’s a view of Earth you’ve never seen before.

  • Explore weather patterns and observe historic storms exactly as they occurred
  • Relive catastrophic earthquakes and see the impact of their aftershocks
  • Observe flight patterns around the globe as lights soaring across the night sky

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) uses PRS as an education and outreach tool to describe the environmental processes of Earth. With over five-hundred data sets, it can display everything from real-time infrared satellite over land, to sea ice concentration and snow cover, to the topography of Venus!

The Planetary Research Station includes five instructional panels to further expand on the intuitive and compelling images of PRS. An automated narrated voice guides guests through pre-set data sets, although it can be customized to display data sets for research and display purposes.


Discovery Cube is open daily except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.


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Tickets can also be purchased upon arrival at the Discovery Cube entrance.


2500 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Alternate transportation options are available via OCTA and Metrolink.