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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❝ Remember, you have been criticising yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.❞ Louise L. Hay
I’ve met very few people who, when asked, would say that they had a good year in 2016. Most people seem to look at their feet, hesitantly say a few words about how things could have been better, and then change … Continue reading
As I’ve said before, in my humble opinion, Jupiter looks like it’s made of wood. So, with that in mind, let me present my new favourite game. Fun for the whole family!* Just look at the following 9 images. Some … Continue reading
In light of everything that’s going on in the world right now, Carl Sagan’s words seem somehow more poigniant than ever.
So here’s an interesting little fact. In Chinese and Japanese, Jupiter is known as 木星 which means “wood star” – and I think that’s a wonderful name for it! Interestingly, the name is pure coincidence. Just as our name for the … Continue reading
The internet is such a fickle beast. After staying up well past my bedtime yesterday to live tweet Juno being inserted into Jupiter’s orbit, I achieved a thin slice of tinned internet fame for tweeting at UK politician Michael Gove to call … Continue reading
So Juno is now safely in orbit around Jupiter, and NASA scientists are triumphant, celebrating it as the “hardest thing NASA’s ever done.” They may not be wrong. No spacecraft has ever passed so close to Jupiter before. Jupiter’s radiation … Continue reading
It’s pretty late in my currnet part of the world. But all the same, I’m debating whether or not I should sleep at a sensible time. Mostly because it’s not every day that humanity sends robots to other planets. It’s … Continue reading
Apparently, I’m a terrible and negligent blogger who’s barely written a thing in ages, despite the number of times I’ve talked about and intended to do precisely that. This time, I really should try and make more effort. I think I … Continue reading