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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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Tag Archives: astronomical images
Tiny Enceladus, illuminated by Saturnshine, amid a starry backdrop. Flagrantly stolen from Emily Lakdawalla, because it’s a beautiful image…
No one seems to have been shouting too loudly about NASA’s IBEX probe. In fairness I suppose, it isn’t going to be looking at any planets or surveying any galaxies. From an astrochemical perspective though, IBEX is far more exciting … Continue reading
It seems to be everywhere on the web at the moment… But it’s easy to see why! First light from Fermi. A postcard of the Universe seen in gamma rays. How cool is that?
This interested me. Astronomers in Baltimore (led by Christine Chen) have managed to image what they believe to be a Kuiper Belt around another star. HD 181327 in the constellation of Pictor is a young Sun-like star 165 light years … Continue reading
As globular clusters go, Omega Centauri is the king. At an estimated 5 million solar masses with a diameter of around 150 light years, it’s by far and away the largest of the 150 or so globular clusters known in … Continue reading
Supernovae, as I mentioned in my previous post, are among the most powerful events in the entire known universe. There are even a few different types — Type Ia happen when a greedy white dwarf accumulates too much mass, Type … Continue reading
Apparently, lots of people were disappointed by NASA’s cryptic press release only being about a supernova. In our own galaxy. That’s right, only a supernova. It’s ok, it’s only one of the most powerful events in the naturally occurring universe, … Continue reading
AB Aurigae is a star that should be interesting to any planet formation theorists out there. At a mere 3 million years old, it’s still surrounded by a thick disc of dust, which is thought to be planet forming. Now, … Continue reading
So most textbooks would have you believe that the intergalactic medium (usually known as the IGM) is largely just a barren void. A total vacuum in most places with a density of about 1 atom per cubic metre. Virtual nothingness. … Continue reading