Author Archives: Invader Xan

About Invader Xan

Molecular astrophysicist, usually found writing frenziedly, staring at the sky, or drinking mojitos.

The Last Jedi

I have over 9000 things I could be blogging about, but right now I’m just excited about the recently released Star Wars Episode VIII trailer! Have you seen it yet? If you haven’t, you can watch it here: So there’s … Continue reading

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Aurora on your Finger

I’ve been very fond of jewellery pretty much forever, so I have a pretty sizeable collection of rings by now – but this aurora borealis ring made by Secret Wood is on a whole different level. Isn’t that gorgeous? Secret Wood … Continue reading

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Space Rocks

I stumbled across this rather lovely size comparison of small Solar System objects, and I thought I’d share. Click it for a larger view! Taking pride of place is Ceres, empress of asteroids, with her smaller sibling Vesta, the largest … Continue reading

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An Uncomfortable Truth About Spacecraft

Since Juno’s arrival at Jupiter, a lot of people noted how impressively technology has improved, with Juno being powered by solar panels. Indeed, without the progress we’ve made, Juno wouldn’t have been possible. It may not be immediately apparent to everyone, seeing … Continue reading

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The Violent History of the Martian Moons

Mars is a funny little place, but it seems that Mars orbit may be even funnier. As we all know, Mars has two small and lumpy moons which would be no more than a pair of mundane asteroids if they weren’t … Continue reading

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Space Dumpling

This is not a delicious 台湾水餃子 (Taiwanese boiled dumpling) drifting through space, no matter how much it may look like it. It is, in fact, one of Saturn’s moons! This is Pan. A tiny moon, only 35 km in diameter, … Continue reading

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The Planet Quandary II – High Definition

Take a look at these five oblate spheroidal spacey things and tell me which one is the odd one out. Not sure? I’ll admit, it’s not too easy. They’re all unique in their own ways. One of them has a dense … Continue reading

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SCIENCE IS GOOD AND YOU SHOULD FUND IT

  I’m pretty sure it’s something we’ve all done. You’re so intently typing something, with your desk cluttered with various printed papers, books, and notes. It’s so easy to not notice that you hit caps lock when you started typing. … Continue reading

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RIP Chuck Berry (via)

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Artificial Trees, Real Energy

Take a look at this thing. It may look like an art installation of some kind, but it’s much more than that. This is a Wind Tree, made by a French startup company called New Wind, and it may hopefully … Continue reading

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