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: May 2008
Cryochemistry is cool. No pun intended. Cold temperatures make matter do all kinds of interesting things. Amongst other things, noble gasses (once believed to be completely inert) can actually form compounds at low enough temperatures. It’s been known for a … Continue reading
“Exotic workplace locales, amazing discoveries, and fame (but probably not fortune) await those who persevere on the path leading to a career as a professional astronomer. So how do you join the elite ranks of professional astronomy…?” — Duncan A. … Continue reading
On looking back at the huge post I made earlier, I start to wonder if I should seriously consider writing a book. Just for the benefit of anyone who actually reads all of my ramble, I write things like that … Continue reading
So while I’m running with the theme of supernovae, here’s an interesting thought… What would happen if a supernova happened near us. Not too near, obviously. As delightful as writing about the planet being vapourised may be, the probabilities of … Continue reading
Yes, it’s true. Cats can do science. …or at least they always try and help. This fuzzy little reprobate usually tries to help by sitting on my notes!
Supernovae, as I mentioned in my previous post, are among the most powerful events in the entire known universe. There are even a few different types — Type Ia happen when a greedy white dwarf accumulates too much mass, Type … Continue reading
Carbon is wonderful, isn’t it? you can make all kinds of things out of carbon. Hell, some of my best friends are made of carbon! So, as anyone reading this blog might have come to realise, deep down I’m a … Continue reading
Apparently, lots of people were disappointed by NASA’s cryptic press release only being about a supernova. In our own galaxy. That’s right, only a supernova. It’s ok, it’s only one of the most powerful events in the naturally occurring universe, … Continue reading
Perhaps this could be the sound of opportunity knocking… AKARI, formerly known as ASTRO-F is a JAXA space telescope from the same stables as the truly wonderful KAGUYA and HINODE space probes. It was sent into orbit with a supply … Continue reading