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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Category Archives: astronomy
I stumbled across this rather lovely size comparison of small Solar System objects, and I thought I’d share. Click it for a larger view! Taking pride of place is Ceres, empress of asteroids, with her smaller sibling Vesta, the largest … Continue reading
Mars is a funny little place, but it seems that Mars’ orbit may be even funnier. As we all know, Mars has two small and lumpy moons which would be no more than a pair of mundane asteroids if they weren’t … Continue reading
This is not a delicious 台湾水餃子 (Taiwanese boiled dumpling) drifting through space, no matter how much it may look like it. It is, in fact, one of Saturn’s moons! This is Pan. A tiny moon, only 35 km in diameter, … Continue reading
Take a look at these five oblate spheroidal spacey things and tell me which one is the odd one out. Not sure? I’ll admit, it’s not too easy. They’re all unique in their own ways. One of them has a dense … 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
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
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