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 2012
In astronomy, the most interesting things are never the obvious ones. Most often they’re small and faint and easy to overlook. The world of the Zooniverse recently highlighted just such an object. Say hello to SDSS J110217.48+411315.4. And show it … Continue reading
In other news, there are now less than 100 days until the Curiosity rover lands on Mars. About the size of an SUV and weighing in at about a ton, Curiosity is the most technologically advanced piece of machinery ever … Continue reading
If you were to be able to travel forward in time by about 7 billion years and take a look at our parent star, what might you see? What would the Sun, by then weary with old age, look like? … Continue reading
Even though, lamentably, we’re quite far away from actually being able to visit exoplanets, this hasn’t stopped one particularly awesome graphic artist, going by the name of Chungkong, from creating a set of rather marvellous travel posters for them! On … Continue reading
As you may already know, the future is now. And when you stop and think about it, it really is. It’s the 21st century and things which not long ago were science fiction are now so commonplace we don’t even … Continue reading
My pre-thesis desk a few months ago was nice and tidy. Right now, it’s fairly shambolic… If you like, you can play spot-the-stuff-on-Xan’s-desk. It’s a bit like archaeology, only with less dust and more eyedrops. Yeah, I’m totally just killing … Continue reading
I was a couple of minutes into the video before I stopped, blinked, and actually realised what I was watching. ‘Wait, really?’ This kind of thing has been a staple of science fiction for so long, but no this is … Continue reading
Sometimes, satire really hits the nail on the head. After spending quite a few weeks now adventuring in thesis land, I really needed to read this one: An article hosted by sciencemag.org entitled; How to Write Like a Scientist . … Continue reading