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Supernova! Supernova! Supernova!

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

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Keeping in the loop

I was rather gratified the other day, to learn that I’m not boring for being a fan of Orion. Apparently, several other people pick Orion as their favourite constellation, ever vigilant in the skies from almost anywhere on the planet. … Continue reading

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Explosions in the dark…?

Picture the scene. You’re drifting in intergalactic space. There are no stars punctuating the darkness, like there are here on Earth. Instead of stars, the points of light you can see are fuzzier looking. Far fewer points of light than … Continue reading

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The aftermath of supernovae… in Antarctica

It’s pretty amazing, all the things that get caught up in the Antarctic ice. It’s a prime hunting ground for meteorites, for one thing. The infamous ALH 84001 with its supposed martian microfossils was found in Antarctica. As was the … Continue reading

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Tycho’s Supernova

I haven’t written about anything astronomical in over a month. That’s disgraceful! And I call myself an astronomy blogger? Time to remedy this, methinks… So in keeping with my favourite subject, this beautiful plasmatic puffball is the remnant of Tycho’s … Continue reading

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Simeis 147

Roughly 3000 light years from us is this faint but dramatic supernova remnant. Simeis 147 is around 40,000 years old and is faint enough that it’s essentially invisible to the naked eye. Surprising then that these faint filaments of hydrogen, … Continue reading

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Carbonado!

Carbonado diamonds, sometimes known simply as “black diamonds” are enigmatic things. Given their origins, rare and expensive seems something of an understatement. Regular diamonds (allegedly a girl’s best friend) are created naturally inside planet Earth, through the high pressures found … Continue reading

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Interstellar Deluge

Interestingly, about the time I first started writing about near Earth supernovae, this fascinating paper was already published. Though by some quirk of fate, I’ve only just been able to get a copy of it to read! So as I’ve … Continue reading

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Supernova Condensate

So this blog’s called Supernova Condensate, but I realise I’ve never actually written about supernova condensate! Time to fix that, I think… Supernova condensate, often abbreviated to SuNoCon (which sounds like it should be a convention somewhere), is exactly that. … Continue reading

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Sagittarius A*

It’s funny… Sagittarius A* seems to hold the same fascination for me these days that the Sun used to hold when I was just a kid. I’ve been meaning on writing something about this for a while now, and seeing … Continue reading

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