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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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Tag Archives: astrophotography
Unfortunately, every year when I’m actually able to go and try to watch the Perseid shower, the same thing happens. Inevitably it’s cloudy, and I somehow end up seeing as many satellites as I do actual meteors. Not that I … Continue reading
This absolutely gorgeous sunspot image was captured and crafted by Mexican astronomer César Cantú. And… seriously just wow. I’m lost for words. There’s just so much in this image that it’s difficult to know where to start. From the amazing detail … Continue reading
This has got to be one of the most gorgeous images I’ve seen in quite some time! Taken by Russian ace astrophotographer Yuriy Toropin, this is an image of LDN1622, which he’s dubbed the Boogie Man nebula. And really, you can see why, can’t … Continue reading
Everyone loves star trails, don’t they? Well, these are some of the most wonderful star trails I’ve ever seen – long exposures taken from the cupola window on the International Space Station! Just… wow! Images via NASA_JSC_Photo @ flickr, and … Continue reading
I really love those moments when I see an image that makes me double take and say out loud “Oh wow”. This image caused one of those moments. This photograph is a beautiful beautiful capture of a sunrise over the … Continue reading
For all those who’ve been to seen the Avengers movie in the cinemas, here’s a geeky little tribute — This is Thor’s Helmet! Around 15000 light years away, and spanning 30 light years in size, Thor’s Helmet (or NGC 2359 … Continue reading
(click to aggrandise!) This is possibly one of the most gorgeous photographs I’ve ever seen. I know I’m prone to hyperbole, but this time I really mean it. This is a 360° panorama over 24 hours, with both star and … Continue reading
Sometimes I just see an image which makes me stop and stare. This is one of those images… Click to aggrandise (and believe me, you really need to see this image full size!) I really love images like this. It’s … Continue reading
Comets, let’s face it, have rather a bad name. Traditionally, they’re been seen as bad omens. Harbingers of doom, fortelling disaster. So ingrained into our consciousness is this line of thought, that the very word “disaster” stems from words meaning … Continue reading