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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: February 2017
SpaceX have managed to make quite a splash by announcing yesterday that they plan to send a couple of space tourists on a trip around the Moon by the end of next year! Fly me to the moon … Okhttps://t.co/6QT8m5SHwn … Continue reading
Planning a trip to Titan but not sure how much fuel you’ll need? Worry not! Here’s a convenient map showing the required delta-v to get from place to place in the solar system! Delta-v is shorthand meaning change in velocity … Continue reading
My favourite astrophotographer of the moment is the extremely talented Mia Stålnacke, whose forté is photographing aurora borealis. As it happens, she’s in the perfect location for views of the aurorae, living high up in the arctic circle. The little town of … Continue reading
This street sculpture by Isaac Cordal from 2011 is called “Electoral Campaign” and is part of a larger series called “Follow the Leaders“. The intention was to highlight the fact that we live in a society run by a system which needs to … Continue reading
I’m really quite fascinated by singing sand dunes. Also known variously as whistling sand or booming dunes, this is a phenomenon observed in places across the world when the right set of circumstances cause sand to be a little noisier than usual. … Continue reading
Apparently, yesterday was the warmest February day in the Northern hemisphere since records began over 100 years ago. The worst part is that this comes as no surprise in the slightest to anyone who’s been paying attention. The British Antarctic … Continue reading
In the world of exoplanets, Earth-like planets are what everyone’s most excited over. And for good reason. It sure would be great if we could get a close look at one, don’t you think? Wouldn't it be great if there … Continue reading
As I pointed out yesterday, the recently announced TRAPPIST-1 system is tiny. The little star itself is barely larger than Jupiter. But what about the system as a whole? So I made a model. Behold! This image shows all sizes … Continue reading
Imagine if your sun was tiny and red. Imagine if you could see other planets in the sky as large as the moon appears from Earth. Imagine if all the planets orbiting your star were roughly the same size as … Continue reading