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: September 2008
I just wasted my entire coffee break playing with this! It’s a celestial mechanics simulator. You can build your own tiny solar system with up to four objects (planets or stars), set their masses and velocities, then hit the start … Continue reading
On a completely random note of sublime geekery… Being the kind of person who’s rarely found anywhere without a notebook of some description (usually stashed in a bag or a pocket somewhere) — I really want one of these! Just … Continue reading
I love XKCD sometimes…
The Infrared Space Observatory… or ISO for short. Launched in 1995 by a European Ariane Rocket and funded between ESA, NASA and an agency that’s now part of JAXA, the ISO was state of the art at the time. It … Continue reading
The Autumn Semester starts today — so when I saw this, I just had to post it! Bless their little cotton socks…
When I saw a news article stating, rather brashly, that astronomers had detected naphthalene in space, I had to do a double take. Naphthalene? Seriously? Because if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my, admittedly brief, time as an astrochemist, … Continue reading
So it wasn’t long ago that one Sir David King (former president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science) was speaking rather vociferously about how we have spent too much on the LHC. While I certainly agree with … Continue reading
Astrophysics eBooks Texts © 2000 – 2008 Dr. J. B. Tatum Arguably one of the most useful links I’ve found in ages. This web page has a selection of eBooks, each containing several chapters. Stellar Atmospheres Celestial Mechanics Classical Mechanics … Continue reading