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: space
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
Ceres may just be one of the most underappreciated places in the entire solar system. For a long time it was only considered an asteroid, not even worthy of being mentioned in school textbooks. Which may be why I love that … Continue reading
Io is an interesting little place. Not the kind of place I’d like to go on holiday, mind you. 10 years ago, New Horizons caught a gravitational slingshot from Jupiter to send it on its way to Pluto. As it … Continue reading
SpaceX have managed to make quite a splash by announcing yesterday that they plan to send a couple of space tourists on a trip around the Moon by the end of next year! Fly me to the moon … Okhttps://t.co/6QT8m5SHwn … Continue reading
Planning a trip to Titan but not sure how much fuel you’ll need? Worry not! Here’s a convenient map showing the required delta-v to get from place to place in the solar system! Delta-v is shorthand meaning change in velocity … Continue reading
I’m really quite fascinated by singing sand dunes. Also known variously as whistling sand or booming dunes, this is a phenomenon observed in places across the world when the right set of circumstances cause sand to be a little noisier than usual. … Continue reading
In the world of exoplanets, Earth-like planets are what everyone’s most excited over. And for good reason. It sure would be great if we could get a close look at one, don’t you think? Wouldn't it be great if there … Continue reading
As I pointed out yesterday, the recently announced TRAPPIST-1 system is tiny. The little star itself is barely larger than Jupiter. But what about the system as a whole? So I made a model. Behold! This image shows all sizes … Continue reading