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
Take a look at these four molecules. They’re all fairly similar, right? These are all types of monosaccharide furanose sugar. Sugars which are chemically based on a single pentagon shaped ring. At a glance, you probably can’t see much difference … Continue reading
Just imagine if you will, that you’re an astronomy PhD student about 100 years from now. The newest space telescope has a visitor mode, so your supervisor booked you orbital tickets to spend a week on ISS Three (one of … Continue reading
For utterly no reason, except that it amuses me. (For anyone who’s either been living under a rock, or who doesn’t spend enough time on the internet, the original Nyan Cat is here. No it makes no sense. This is … Continue reading
There’s something exceptionally enchanting about the fragrance of old books. I’ve always loved libraries and used bookshops. There’s just some intangible quality about them which grants them a unique atmosphere, found nowhere else. That atmosphere is compounded by the aroma … Continue reading
So the Pioneer anomaly appears to have finally been solved (I do enjoy a good anomaly). And it really isn’t so anomalous after all. As it happens, there were no unexpected breakdowns of gravitational physics or bizarre outer solar system … Continue reading
In astronomy, as in any science, there are things which we know and things we don’t know. There are also things which we see, and things which we can’t see. Dark matter though, is one of those subjects out there … Continue reading
Pluto has approximately the same surface area as Russia.
Picture the scene. You’re drifting in intergalactic space. There are no stars punctuating the darkness, like there are here on Earth. Instead of stars, the points of light you can see are fuzzier looking. Far fewer points of light than … Continue reading