8B30.65 - Pulsar Demo

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Pulsar Demo
Pulsars and the Expanding Universe
Area of Study:
Stellar Astronomy
Rotating Air Table and Flashlight on Pulsar Plate.

Place pulsar plate onto the rotating air table. Strap the flashlight in the desired direction with the Velcro strips.

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