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