Supernova Condensate is a blog about our place in the Universe. Of astronomy, chemistry and life in the big bad bubble of academia.
Invader Xan is a molecular astrophysicist and part-time alien invader, who spends life looking at very small things on very large scales, and trying to better understand the chemistry of interstellar space.
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Category Archives: astronomy
On Valentine’s day in 2000, the x-ray afterglow of a gamma ray burst was detected in a distant galaxy. While its galaxy of origin was never properly identified, it’s still one of the most amusing Valentine’s day publications out there. … Continue reading
The Universe is old. 13.798 billion years old, to be precise (give or take about 37 million years or so). That’s so old, it’s genuinely a little tricky to wrap your head around – 200 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed … Continue reading
The weather here on our little blue world has, of late, been somewhat turbulent. Storms lash my hometown on the UK’s Southern coast, Australia slowly bakes under oppressive heat, North America is deep frozen by the errant polar vortex, and … Continue reading
I do love a good supernova, don’t you? This latest one has just recently burst into existence in the galaxy M82. Check out this flashy little gif animation, blinking between a usual picture of the galaxy and a recent one. … Continue reading
Anyone who knows me should be able to readily attest to the fact that I’m endlessly enthralled by exoplanets. And you know, who wouldn’t be? I was raised on a healthy diet of Star Trek and Isaac Asimov stories after … Continue reading
Planets! Everyone loves planets, right? After all, some of my best friends live on planets. But the first thing I’ve heard this year which piqued my interest was a little story about a planet named KOI-314c. As usual, this may … Continue reading
I have obtained permission from Haley Gomez to geek out over the internet about something in her talk at this conference today – which is possibly the most exciting thing I’ve ever seen at an astronomy conference! Specifically, none other … Continue reading
In honour of Ada Lovelace day, I thought I should write a little about a personal hero of mine. The lady in this picture is none other than Annie Jump Cannon, responsible for one of the most important and well … Continue reading
As I often say, ultraviolet is my favourite colour. Actually, when I say this I’m not being entirely facetious. The ultraviolet part of the spectrum is a helpful area for people like me. Helpful but… also troublesome. You see, optical … Continue reading