Ok, I can’t resist. From an earlier post:
â€¦and of course video footage of me effortlessly squashing a star much larger than our own sun down into a tiny space should help out enormously later on with classroom control, and so forthâ€¦
Since my cover is now blown, here are some stills** (click for larger) from Tuesday’s (unexpected) episode of the History Channel’s “The Universe”*:
P.S. The Physics? I’m showing how a star at the end of its “normal” life when it has run out of fuel, collapses under the force of gravity. If it is large enough (but not too large), it will collapse to form something called a neutron star.
P.P.S. I’m pleased it turned out well since the executive producer/director, Douglas Cohen, originally had me do it while looking at the camera all the time. I thought it would be more natural to have me do it while looking at what I was doing (squashing stars is a delicate business you know), and so I asked him if we could try it that way, and he agreed (to his credit – shows that he’s a pretty open-minded guy to listen to an amateur). He actually liked it, and used it!
*No civilizations were annihilated during the making of this neutron star.
**I don’t know how to get video off my DVR. I imagine someone will YouTube parts of the episode one day, so you can see the full effect there, if you like.)