The ExoCube is a 3D Map of Exoplanets. This small acrylic cube shows several (believed to be) exoplanets and their relative position to earth. Think of it as a galactic “you are here” map.
Pick your favorite exoplanet and an artist’s representation of that planet will be included with your 3D map cube. The 1 inch planet will be made from various (some semi-precious) minerals such as amethyst, jade, and citrine. These “Exo-Mini’s” are hand-crafted mineral spheres and represent a potentially habitable exoplanet within 50 light years of Earth.
There are two different options; the Beta Series which shows exoplanets between 16 and 50 light years from earth and the Alpha series (for an extra $5) which shows exoplanets out to 16 light years from earth. Yes, there are exoplanets that close. The closest is Proxima B which is just over 4 light years from here.
In addition to getting a cool 3D Map of Exoplanets, you will also be helping to fund the PLANETS (Polarized Light from Atmospheres of Nearby ExtraTerrestrial Systems) telescope.
Currently under construction, the PLANETS telescope will be the world’s largest off-axis telescope (1.85 meters) for night-time planetary and exoplanetary science. The telescope site is located on Haleakala, a 3,048m (10,000ft) volcano on the island of Maui, Hawaii.
It’s currently scheduled to be completed by 2019, the PLANETS telescope is a pathfinder project for even more sophisticated telescopes capable of finding and characterizing life on nearby exoplanets.
Personally, as a life-long fan of sci-fi and space travel, I am really geeked about this item. Not only does it help science, it also gets us one step closer to living in a Star Trek like society.
The Kickstarter project for the Exocube is already fully funded and will close on May 22nd. The cubes are expected to ship by December of this year. That would make an Exocube an awesome gift for a geek, sci-fi fan, or actual rocket scientist.
ExoCube – 3D Map of Exoplanets: Product Details
- Dimensions: 3 x 4 inches (or 5 with planet on top)
- Weight: About 1 lb.
- Help fund the PLANETS telescope. Also help find mankind a new place to go when we screw up Earth too much. Well, once we get that pesky warp drive problem worked out, anyway.
- Fully funded Kickstarter project with 22 days left to go (at the time of this writing).