Science Experiments

Margarine Planets

Sun, 15th Nov 2009

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What you Need


Margarine - the simpler the better. (I used baking margarine).

A small glass

Small glass or jar

A microwave


What to do

Put a few lumps of margarine into a small microwave-safe glass or jar.

Heat it up gently in the microwave, until the margarine melts. This will happen a lot faster than you expect, and then it will boil quite violently.

Very carefully take the margarine out, as it may be very hot.

Leave it to stand for 1-2 minutes

What may happen

Once the molten margarine is left to stand, it separates out into two sections, a yellow upper layer, and a transparent lower layer.

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