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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Tag Archives: culture
You know those sew-on space mission patches? The ones which you may have had stitched onto your clothing when you were a little kid? Wait, was that just me? Oh… They’re now making patches for the SpaceX Dragon! These little … Continue reading
I love so much that things like this are actually made! Seriously, landing on another planet is cool. Kids of ages 3+ know this very well. Which is probably why virtually every single cool spacecraft or interplanetary robot has been … Continue reading
The Soviet Union were brilliant. Well, at least they were in some ways. Sure, they got a fair few things really quite wrong and messed a few things up badly which eventually led to their undoing, but I’ve always admired … Continue reading
It being June now, the exhibition African Cosmos: Stellar Arts is now open at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. I’d love to go and see it myself, but unfortunately I’m slightly in the wrong country. Ho hum. All the … Continue reading
So it seems, as I wax technical on the drama of how stars fill the cosmos with the stuff that makes us, Zen Pencils creates a frankly breathtaking comic panel, illustrating one of Neil Degrasse Tyson’s most poigniant speeches. Don’t … Continue reading
Even though, lamentably, we’re quite far away from actually being able to visit exoplanets, this hasn’t stopped one particularly awesome graphic artist, going by the name of Chungkong, from creating a set of rather marvellous travel posters for them! On … Continue reading
As you may already know, the future is now. And when you stop and think about it, it really is. It’s the 21st century and things which not long ago were science fiction are now so commonplace we don’t even … Continue reading
Just imagine if you will, that you’re an astronomy PhD student about 100 years from now. The newest space telescope has a visitor mode, so your supervisor booked you orbital tickets to spend a week on ISS Three (one of … Continue reading
For utterly no reason, except that it amuses me. (For anyone who’s either been living under a rock, or who doesn’t spend enough time on the internet, the original Nyan Cat is here. No it makes no sense. This is … Continue reading