Unless you’ve been living under a high voltage transformer, you’re aware of the latest release in the Star Wars Saga. [John] has a relative that is clearly a big Star Wars fan, so he set about to build them the perfect Christmas present – a levitating Death Star! Instead of reinventing the wheel, [John] decided to start off with a magnetically levitating model of the Earth – a globe. He then took a Death Star mood lamp and gracefully cut it half with his trusty Dremel.
A nice twist for the mood lamp is that it was powered by a hacker’s best friend – five volts from a USB power supply. This made it easy to wire in a LiPo battery along with a charger and some fiber optic lighting. A pile of cat litter to represent a smoldering planet blown to bits ties the whole build together as only cat litter can.
Be sure to visit [John’s] Instructable page for full details along with a video, which you can also see below.