Layers of the Atmosphere

Layers of the atmosphere

What are sprites and elves? How far into the atmosphere does a weather balloon go? How cold does the mesosphere get? In the Layers of the Atmosphere exhibit, you can find the answers to these questions and more!

Layers of the atmosphere mural with noon tour guests

Learn about the different layers of the atmosphere and their traits, including temperature and distance from sea level.

Layers of the atmosphere informational panels

Read more about the various phenomena that occur in each layer of the Earth's atmosphere, from elves and sprites to the aurora!


See how dropsondes have evolved over time and discover what they help us learn about the atmosphere.

Layers of the Atmosphere full exhibit

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NCAR visitor center map showing the Layers of the Atmosphere exhibit