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: space
Chris Hadfield, everyone’s favourite astronaut, has officially handed over control of the ISS and is preparing to return back down to Earth. He’s also going out with style, recording a cover of David Bowie’s Space Oddity. Seriously, just watch and … Continue reading
I’m pretty worn out. My final thesis deadline is now on the scale of days and, as seems to happen in every single aspect of my life, I’m busily fussing about making sure everything is done as well as I’d … Continue reading
If you’re looking for forward thinking people who don’t use ridiculously misogynist advertising, perhaps a brand of deodorant which is used primarily by teenaged boys isn’t the best place to find it. Unfortunate though that is. Though the latest gimmick … Continue reading
3D printing really is pretty amazing. By laying down successive layers of precursor material (typically liquid or powder), a 3D printer can create essentially any solid object, no matter how intricate. On the small scale, 3D printing technology has already … Continue reading
Lots of people seem to be amused by NASA’s latest prototype space suits. Dubbed the Z1, the similarity to one Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story movies has been noted far and wide by now… To be honest, while amusing, … Continue reading
Anyone who’s been paying attention this last year will know that it’s been a turbulent year for space telescopes. Turbulent, but not without some unexpected windfalls. One in particular is that earlier this year, the US National Reconnaissance Organisation (NRO) … Continue reading
Oh, hello. I’ve been rather absent from my blog of late, for a whole plethora of reasons. Normalcy shall be resumed in due course, rest assured. In the meantime, some people may recall a smiley crater on the planet Mars. … Continue reading
The internet is all abuzz with talk of the strange shiny object that Curiosity’s found on Mars. Yep, 183.7 million miles away at the time I write this, and it’s still as easily distracted by a shiny object as I … Continue reading
There was an interesting tweet from the UK Space Agency yesterday… I have to agree. While it’s difficult to say exactly where the boundary of the solar system lies, it’s certainly true that the cosmic rays which Voyager’s reading seem … Continue reading