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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Monthly Archives: December 2007
It’s funny… With all the crazy things to observe out there in the Universe, like galactic mergers, gravitational lenses, relativistic jets and extrasolar planets, a lot of people seem to forget about stars. Perhaps ironically, seeing as stars are essentially … Continue reading
Or 8×107 pounds sterling. That’s how much the STFC are planning on slashing from the UK’s physics and astronomy budget. In m s-1 that’s a significant fraction of the speed of light. I guess the point I’m driving at (in … Continue reading
I like being a research student. I have pretty much free reign to show up to any modules that I think might be useful to me. In all honesty, this is a dangerous thing to tell a science nerd like … Continue reading
Another for the collection of unusual interstellar molecules, this is H3+. You won’t find it anywhere on Earth (Earth is rather a lot hotter and denser than H3+ likes), but it’s one of the most common molecules in the universe. … Continue reading
I just like how nonsensical that sounds. It makes much more sense when you write it out properly… H + H+ → H2+ + hν In other words, I’m on to astrophysical revision. Solid State and Quantum Chemistry are both … Continue reading
“…those who are not shocked when they first come across quantum theory cannot possibly have understood it.” — Niels Bohr So it’s high time for me to get my hands dirty in the bizarre world of quantum mechanics. The basics … Continue reading
In other news, I have a little project to be doing. This little beastie is C2 or dicarbon, a small carbon cluster. It’s also a dicarbene, because both of those carbon atoms only have 6 valence electrons. It’s a highly … Continue reading
Interestingly, the little question of Hydrogen storage for fuel consumption purposes is actually revision for me right now! Believe it or not… So the US government has deemed that 62kg m-3 is the threshold storage density for hydrogen to be … Continue reading
Every now and again, those Google sponsored links throw you something genuinely cool. Like this! A little Sun Sculpture created by a UK-based company called Crystal Nebulae. Based on a highly advanced simulation, the sculpture depicts a moment in the … Continue reading