8B30.45 - Supernova and Novae

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Supernova and Novae
Stellar Death
Area of Study:
Stellar Astronomy
Relay with remote control, Battery, Flash bulb with cord.

Video Credit: Jonathan M. Sullivan-Wood.

The "supernova spoof" is nothing more than an old fashioned flash bulb connected to a remote controlled relay.  When looking at images of supernova the flash bulb hidden somewhere in the front of the lecture room can be triggered at an appropriate time.  

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