MAGNETIC LEVITATION TECHNOLOGY – HOW DOES IT WORK?
Earnshaw’s Theorem states that “A collection of point charges cannot be
maintained in a stable stationary equilibrium configuration solely by the
electrostatic interaction of the charges.”
Needless to say, Earnshaw knew what he was talking about: It’s really hard
to keep two magnets apart from each other. They instantly want to flip and
connect. So how does the magnetic levitation process provide the constant
stability needed to perpetually float an object over its display base?
Inside each display base, electrical current runs through a microcontroller
and a configuration of both electro-magnets and permanent magnets. By
placing an object in the center “sweet spot” of the configuration, this
arrangement of components creates the needed stability zone, allowing us
to ‘levitate’ an object – like magic!
A VARIETY OF EXO-WORLDS – COLLECT THEM ALL!
Each of our Exo-Worlds also includes a data sheet, detailing relevant, up-
to-date information on each exoplanet. We will be producing replicas of
numerous, recently identified exoplanets. The planets we have selected
represent a wide variety of unique alien environments. These will include:
"Hot Jupiters", "Super-Earths", lava planets, rocky worlds, ice-planets, and even a planet that orbits a Pulsar!
Most of our Exo-World replicas boast internal LED illumination (where
appropriate; e.g.: rocky planets are typically not lit).
Our first three replicas include:
51 PEGASI b
Also known as the planet Dimidium. This is an Exo-World classified as a
"Hot Jupiter" that orbits the star 51 Pegasi at a mean distance of 4.65 million miles (0.05 AU). This star system is approximately 50 light-years
from Earth. This is the first exoplanet to be discovered around a main-
The planet's diameter is estimated to be approximately 165,000 miles. Our
replica represents scientists’ best estimation of what this Exo-World
actually looks like, with high-velocity cloud formations similar to Jupiter's,
but with a redder coloration due to the alien composition and extremely
high temperatures caused by the planet's proximity to its parent star.
Discovered in 2013. At the time it was considered the most similar-to-Earth
in terms of mass, radius, and mean density. It is about 100-times closer to
its star than the Earth is to our sun; and orbiting in a star system that is
about 750 million years old. The planet's surface averages between 3,680
degrees and 5,120 degrees Fahrenheit. Although this rocky exoplanet is
believed to be very close to the Earth in overall size and mass, the
proximity to its parent star, and extreme surface temperature, qualifies it as
an uninhabitable “lava planet”.
This exo-planet was discovered in 2015 by NASA’s Kepler Space
Telescope. It’s about 2.7 times the radius of Earth, with nine times the
mass. It is in the Leo Constellation about 110 light years away. Some
scientists refer to it as a “super-Earth” – a planet with a higher mass than
Earth, but a lower mass than “ice-giants” like Neptune and Uranus. Other
scientists classify K2-18b as a “Mini-Neptune”.
Scientists believe that it is a prime candidate for finding water, as it orbits
within the “habitable zone” of a small, red dwarf star called K2-18. That
means it’s not so hot, that water will evaporate, but not so cold that it will
freeze. K2-18b was the first exoplanet to have a confirmed water-vapor
atmosphere. Is it rocky or gaseous? The debate continues…
Each exoplanet is reproduced in injection-molded, translucent ABS plastic.
Each replica is approximately 6-inches in diameter and weighs 2 ¼ pounds
(with display base). The artwork is not painted, but rather, is created by
applying water-deposition decals to each hemisphere before assembly.
This allows us to create perfectly consistent, much-higher-resolution
finishes than could be achieved by paint applications or pad-printing.
Each Exo-World includes:
-Unique digital landscapes and cloud formations created by our artists;
based upon the latest scientific information available!
-Attractive collector package with planetary artwork.
-Internal, colored LED lighting where appropriate. (Lighting varies by
planet. eg; rocky planets are not typically lit; lava planets feature multi-
colored LEDs to simulate pyroclastic flow across the planet, gas-giants
feature static red, green, or blue LEDs, etc.)
-Custom-made, ABS plastic display base with silk-screened steel name
-Certificate of authenticity with relevant information about each exo-planet.
-115v US power supply adapter.
-Instructions for use and display.