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: July 2009
“Innovating is always risky and costly. But if you don’t do it, you come to a standstill and progress is halted.” I must say, I agree with Greg Fish’s recent post over at World of Weird Things. In fact, I … Continue reading
I was flicking through the rather marvellous webcomic, Abstruse Goose, recently, when I happened upon this particular comic (click the panel for the full version). Wait, what? Chlorinated sugar? This piqued my curiosity somewhat, so cat-like as ever*, I decided … Continue reading
Good old Betelgeuse. There aren’t many stars close enough that you can actually image them as more than just a point of light. Also known as Alpha Orionis, Betelgeuse is so big and so nearby though, that ESO’s VLT (Very … Continue reading
Invader Xan is going to Mars! Well… That’s not to say that I’m going to Mars (given the option, I prefer not to talk about myself in the third person). More that my online alias is going to Mars. Once … Continue reading
A little video tribute to the Space Shuttle, from the launch pad to the ISS. Spliced together by yours truly. I’m going to miss the big lummox when they retire it.
Mangoes really have quite a rich flavour. Rich and complex, with plenty of subtleties. Despite this, they’re actually fairly easy to use in cooking. As it happens, the overall mango flavour is contributed to by a whole host of different … Continue reading
I love a good planetary nebula, don’t you? This one, nicknamed the “Cygnus Bubble” was newly discovered just this month! It also goes by the official catalogue name of PN G75.5+1.7 — although that isn’t nearly as inspiring. The Cygnus … Continue reading
It’s pretty amazing, all the things that get caught up in the Antarctic ice. It’s a prime hunting ground for meteorites, for one thing. The infamous ALH 84001 with its supposed martian microfossils was found in Antarctica. As was the … Continue reading
I must say, I know the feeling about now! Stolen shamelessly from The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks.