With a Meccano centrifuge, a Nexus One Android phone and a digital video camera the Google software engineer Neil Fraser has discovered if the 1960s design classic lava lamp would work on Jupiter.
He built up a centrifuge 50 kg with diameter of 3 metres that rotates at 42 RPM that applies the lava lamp a 3 G force ( a bit more than Jupiter’s gravity which is 2.3 G) and equivalent to launching in the Space Shuttle, all measured by the G-Force app on the Nexus One mobile.
Into the appliance runs a 12V motor and with a 120V supply for the 20 oz Lava Lamp and some substantial counterweight, involving a big steel cylinder taken from his telescope, two juice bottles filled with glass marbles and topped off with water plus a set of steel bars lashed to the top of the girders allowing Neil to balance the lamp weight.
A huge wind is produced when the device works as having a smelly cyclone in the room brought about boiling insulation emanates from the overloaded 25 amp cables.
The experiment was done from the relative safety of the next room while peeking through a crack in the door.
So, could the lava lamp work on Jupiter? The answer is yes!
The conclusion is that NASA is actively investigating extraterrestrial lava lamp tech, probably for a calming effect on potentially onboard computers annoyance.
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