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 2009
I’ve been pondering the whole scientific tattoos thing. Because let’s face it, it’s just a really cool idea. Astronomy, Chemistry and Physics contain some pretty damn amazing concepts and visuals, but obviously I wouldn’t want a tattoo of something I’m … Continue reading
Ghost hunting isn’t typically the sort of thing you’d expect the Chandra space telescope to be doing. Evidently though, it’s rather good at it! Specifically an x-ray ghost betraying the presence of a galaxy’s supermassive black hole. Feel free to … Continue reading
So I don’t really do these test thingamajigs that often, but this one looked amusing to me. Especially as I like to grumble about people getting some of these things wrong (growing up with parents who’re both journalists will do … Continue reading
It’s bad luck if a black hole crosses your path. Actually it’s very bad luck, particularly if you happen to be a star like SDSS J090745.0+024507. Known by some as “The Outcast Star”, it had the misfortune tens of millions … Continue reading
I remember reading an article when I was just a kid called “The Hunt for Wobbling Stars”. I can’t have been much more than 8 years old, but the concept seemed simple enough even then. Any planet tugs on a … Continue reading
Star-Gazer The very stars are justified. The galaxy italicized. I have proofread and proofread the beautiful script. There are no errors. — P.K. Page Taken from Dark Matter: Poems of Space A book which every astronomer should leaf through at … Continue reading
This rather beautiful image is a picture of the Milky Way taken in Hydrogen alpha (H-α) emission. In other words, this is what the Milky Way would look like to you, if the only things you could see were hot … Continue reading
I’ve actually known about the blackboard in a certain seminar room in the School of Physics for quite some time now, and I’ve been meaning on going there and photographing it for almost as long. Well, finally I figured there’s … Continue reading
After the success of mission STS-125, it was time to say goodbye once again to the Hubble Space Telescope (which has actually had it’s own Twitter feed for the duration of the mission!). This video, shot from inside Atlantis, shows … Continue reading