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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: astronomy
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
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
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
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
Well this is quite interesting. There’s some latest news about the possibility of a giant planet lurking on the outskirts of our solar system. The near mythological “planet X” which astronomers have been hunting for for decades. This latest study … Continue reading
New Horizons passed Pluto some time ago, but it’s still slowly dripping data back to us. The tiny craft wasn’t optimised for data transfer, so its hard drives are still packed to the gills with exciting discoveries which we’ll all … Continue reading
It turns out, Pluto has blue skies. And water ice on its surface. Which, at a cursory glance might make it seem a little bit like home. But only a little bit. Some notable experts were a little puzzled to … Continue reading
Have you ever noticed that not all meteors you see falling are the same colour? Growing up in the dark countryside away from city lights, I saw them sometimes, and their colour occasionally seemed to be an unusual and striking … Continue reading
Cosmic Funnies is an adorable little comic made by Jaqueline Moliner, and this one caught my eye in particular. Planetary Rain. All about the different kinds of rain that falls on different planets. There are even a couple of exoplanets … Continue reading