AstroBlaster™ - Works Like A Real Supernova!
The Physics of AstroBlaster™
"AstroBlaster™ illustrates the laws of conservation of momentum
and energy during the creation of a supernova (an old star, that having exhausted
its nuclear fuel, collapses upon itself in less than a second). A shock wave speeds
outward from the center through the collapsed material, moving faster and faster
as it reaches less dense layers toward the surface, The shock wave accelerates an
outermost thin layer of the collapsed star to relativistic speeds, creating 'cosmic
rays' that spread throughout out the galaxy.
The gravitational collapse of the dying star is illustrated by the AstroBlaster™
falling to the surface. The shock wave accelerating outward through the star is
illustrated by a wave of increasing speed as the result of the impact which is felt
by the lighter balls nearer the top. The supernova explosion and release of cosmic
rays is illustrated by the rapid departure of the top ball at high speed."
Dr. Stirling A. Colgate - Astrophysicist.