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: January 2008
So my current task on stellar photospheric chemistry is currently a lot like one of those huge 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles. I know how it’s supposed to look, but it’s been a matter of identifying each piece and fitting them … Continue reading
So most textbooks would have you believe that the intergalactic medium (usually known as the IGM) is largely just a barren void. A total vacuum in most places with a density of about 1 atom per cubic metre. Virtual nothingness. … Continue reading
Did you know that the immense gravity of a black hole can convert matter into energy more efficiently than the nuclear fusion inside stars does…? Interestingly, it turns out I was wrong in my previous post. As it happens, black … Continue reading
So an early morning, a much needed double espresso and a half pack of chocolate coffee beans heralded my first Grad School course this morning, in communication skills. This was actually as very useful half day course for me to … Continue reading
So I currently have about 5kg worth of books to be reading through, with the goal of familiarising myself with all things spectroscopic. Where quantum spectra go, it seems I still have a number of basic terms that need a … Continue reading
So I had my first exam in 5 years today. I think it went rather well. It’s amazing what information comes back to you when you’re sat in an exam room. I think it went pretty well. In fact, I’m … Continue reading