8B30.50 - Supernova Core Bounce

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Supernova Core Bounce
Magnetic Field Coupling
Area of Study:
Stellar Astronomy
Velocity Amplifier, Astro-BlasterTM Apparatus, WD-40, Safety Glases.

Lift the desired number of circular plates to the height you want and let them drop.  The small plate should jump to a height that is based on that combination.  You should almost reach the ceiling in LR1 or LR2 if you use maximum settings.

Lube the stem of the Astro-BlasterTM with some WD-40.  When dropping try and make sure that when it hits the ground the stem is pointed straight up.

NOTE: Safety glasses should be worn to protect the eyes of the dropper.

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