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About Invader Xan

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

A tiny red sun with a sky full of planets!

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

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A City on Mars

On Valentine’s Day, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Emir of Dubai, made an official statement about an audacious plan. The plan, officially dubbed Mars 2117, is to construct a small, functioning … Continue reading

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So many planets…

I love planets, don’t you? Being all… round. With their… Atmospheres. Very gaseous. What’s not to love? Actually, as I’m writing this, there are 3449 confirmed planets in our galaxy. 544 of the planetary systems we’ve seen are multi-planet systems. And … Continue reading

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8 Things About Uranium

As is fairly obvious, the recently inaugurated President of the USA, Donald Trump, has no idea what uranium is. To quote him directly: “You know what uranium is, right? S’thing called nuclear weapons and other things and lots of… things are … Continue reading

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Tarry Tarry Night

Ceres is a fascinating little world. The Empress of Asteroids. The little planet that couldn’t. A tiny, primordial remnant from the early days of the solar system, full of answers to questions, and new questions to be answered. And now, … Continue reading

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Save the Planet

It is my informed opinion that Donald Trump, with his government of the USA, is one of the greatest threats to the continued survival of our species. Unfortunately, the reason is climate change – and simply upon hearing that, some people … Continue reading

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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

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Impostor Syndrome can bite me!

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

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Jupiter or Wood?

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

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In light of everything that’s going on in the world right now, Carl Sagan’s words seem somehow more poigniant than ever.

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