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: April 2008
I has data! So I’ve been working from home, seeing as I have a few papers to read through and a whole bunch of spectral absorption and emission lines to assign (and conveniently, the database for that is online). “Vermillion” … Continue reading
So apparently, everything we can see in the whole universe is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Like the back jelly beans in this picture (which I’ve stolen from the Chandra Blog), most of the universe is completely invisible … Continue reading
The thing about stars is that there are lots of them. So many that, for fairly obvious reasons, they don’t all have names. Mostly, stars just have catalog numbers (Sirius, for example, is also known as HD 48915, IRAS 06429-1639 … Continue reading