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 2010
“…in my dream i figured out how i could make such a list [of ingredients] for the universe: by becoming a science ninja!! one of the more bizarre premises of quantum theory is that the act of watching something changes … Continue reading
O-type stars are rare. In fact they’re very rare. Less than one in every hundred thousand stars formed will be an O-star. The reason they’re so rare is that they’re incredibly massive. Stars with such immense mass will burn through … Continue reading
Ladies and gentlemen, this is the Radcliffe Telescope, and it’s what I’ve been eagerly awaiting the use of for quite some time now. Unfortunately, while I’d love to be recording some spectra of the various stars on our target list … Continue reading
The road up to the telescope domes. Radcliffe Telescope dome, flanked by the 20 inch and 40 inch telscope domes in the background. Radcliffe entranceway, with SALT in the background.
So it’s 5:48 in the morning (local time), and I’m sitting in the control room of the Radcliffe 1.9m telescope at the SAAO in Sutherland. Yep, I finally made it, even inspite of volcanoes. I’m currently waiting for a half … Continue reading
Happy Earth Day! If you’re not sure what Earth Day is supposed to be all about, try this. Step outside. Take a deep breath. Taste the air. Whatever the weather may be, feel the sun on your face, the wind … Continue reading
I stumbled upon this rather niftly little video of the Eyjafjallajökull ash cloud as it progressed its way across Europe. Hydrodynamics are interesting. The airborne volcanic ash moves in much the same way you might see when you drip ink … Continue reading
Every now and again, I discover something so utterly cool that I just can’t not write about it. This is 9,10-dithioanthracene. It’s a substituted polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon. And it can walk. I promise I’m not making this up. Well, in … Continue reading
To be honest, the (somewhat ominous) satellite image of Eyjafjallajökull shortly after its eruption doesn’t exactly instill hope…