H nova are composed of a rubber of less density than the traditional Super Ball and display a low level translucence that allows light to penetrate the ball and makes it appear to glow. This apparent luminescence mimics the fluorescence of Neon gas lighting and gives the ball its name. The textured surface improves the illusion, as hotspots of reflected light are unable to appear on the stippled surface. Although this specimen demonstrates the distinct reddish-orange glow of low-voltage neon gas lamps recognizable in advertising signs, the balls can be found in a full rainbow of colors. Similar to the range of non-reddish-orange lights that can be found - all other colors are generated with the other noble gases or various types of fluorescent lighting - these colored balls are still referred to as "neon".
Photo Courtesy of Lenore M. Edman
by Henry J. Simonds
A specimen box created for the forthcoming exhibition, Super•Ball, opening December 6, 2013 at the temporary headquarters of the International Sphaeralogical Society, to be located at the Mine Factory in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Photo Courtesy of Henry J. Simonds, ©2013
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