Monthly Archives: May 2008

Hydroxenide

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

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How to be an Astronomer…

“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

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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

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Fire in the Sky

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

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Meow?

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!

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One Hundred Million Suns

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

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Isn’t carbon brilliant?

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

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Kaboom!

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

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Go アカリ!!

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

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Space Travel Rant #1

Ok, so I’ll freely admit to being a bit cynical about the current state of space travel. Basically, anyone who wants to go into space has about 4 options. There are the three remaining American Space Shuttles, the youngest of … Continue reading

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