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 2009
Neutron stars are amongst the most extreme objects in the known universe. And I don’t mean extreme as in frontside 360 stalefish varial, I mean the kind of extreme that would’ve given Einstein bad dreams. Born in supernovae, neutron stars … Continue reading
Oooo… Maybe we really are a step closer to being able to predict space weather!
I’ve been mulling over this paper for a few days now. Last week, NASA JPL put out a press release about cool stars having a different mix of life forming chemicals to sun-like stars. The release was immediately picked up … Continue reading
I just couldn’t resist… Mainly because I did actually laugh out loud. With thanks to Nicole, the Noisy Astronomer. In other news, Carnival of Space #98 is live, courtesy of Universe Today. Marvellous!
I think I have a new ambition! Somehow this completely slipped under my radar, but the Nature Publishing Group have, just this month, released a shiny new journal specifically for all manner of chemical goodness! Nature Chemistry looks to be … Continue reading
This is just too cool… Steve Ward and Jeff Larson’s twin solid state musical tesla coils. I love science!
Happy Easter, from approximately 3000 light years away! This is the Egg Nebula, and with a length of roughly a light year, it’s the largest Easter egg you’ll ever see! The Egg (RAFGL 2688) is probably one of my favourite … Continue reading
“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and … Continue reading
Oooo… BBC Radio 4 are going to be airing a tribute to Carl Sagan, presented by none other than Brian Cox. I’d write more, but instead I’m going to direct you over to Astro Engine where Ian O’Neill has already … Continue reading
It’s impossibly geeky of me that I really want one of these, isn’t it? Yeah, I thought so…