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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I just wanted to share this gorgeous photograph – Jupiter and all four of its Galilean moons clearly visible, behind our own Moon with the sunlight illuminating the bumps and ridges on its surface. I love photographs like this. Sometimes it’s … Continue reading
So this is the first part of my series of analyses and perspectives on the ongoing planet debate. Honestly, I can’t believe it’s been like, a decade already. Which is probably the main reason I’m going into some detail on … Continue reading
Did you know it’s actually possible to see a meteor crash land on the moon? You need to be very lucky to do so, but it’s not uncommon. After all, both Earth and the Moon are being continually pelted with … Continue reading
As some of my readers will probably know quite well, every astronomer’s favourite argument of what exactly a planet is has been drifting in and out of discussions for years now. This delightful nest of conversational wasps was recently shaken up again … Continue reading
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Amateur astronomers really do accomplish some fantastic things. Things like this gorgeous little video! Between December 2014 and March 2015, 91 astronomers from around the world took over 1000 photographs of our planet’s largest sibling and arranged them into this … Continue reading
Wanderers, by Erik Wernquist. Relax for 4 minutes and let your mind drift with a short film. Oh, and click the button to watch it in full screen. Trust me, it’s entirely worth seeing in full definition.
It’s that time of year when those of us who live on islands high in the northern hemisphere are really tired of cold, rainy weather. So why not plan a trip away somewhere? And what better destination than Venus? Supernova … Continue reading
If you ever load up this blog from a slower connection, you may notice that before the background image loads, the HTML background for the page is a kind of off-white vaguely magnolia-ish colour. There is actually a reason for … Continue reading