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: March 2010
My brain is a bit fried. As one would well expect after two days worth of conference talks and a morning, so far, of a radio astronomy data reduction workshop. All seems to be going pretty well so far though, … Continue reading
It’s an interesting thing in astronomy that we tend to have a number of sub-communities, and those sub-communities don’t tend to interract that much. One thing that happens to a fair amount of people is to end up working exclusively … Continue reading
Over the course of the past year, I’ve been immersed primarily in theoretical chemistry. Perhaps unusually, I discovered that actually find it rather enjoyable. The calculation of molecular energies and using those to find the stability of a molecule and … Continue reading
Today, I was very lucky to meet Bob Gehrz, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota and principal investigator for a rather exciting telescope project. SOFIA (short for Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) is a project being … Continue reading
So I’ve been sitting in on an online NASA astrobiology conference, The Organic Continuum from the ISM to the Early Solar System. Unfortunately I’ve missed most of it already, having only heard it was happening this evening when I was … Continue reading