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The spaces between the stars

Most, if not all astronomers will happily tell you that we can only see 4% of the Universe. 22% is believed to be the elusive dark matter, with the remaining 74% being assigned to the troublesome concept of dark energy. … Continue reading

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Naphthalene?

When I saw a news article stating, rather brashly, that astronomers had detected naphthalene in space, I had to do a double take. Naphthalene? Seriously? Because if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my, admittedly brief, time as an astrochemist, … Continue reading

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Isn’t carbon brilliant?

Carbon is wonderful, isn’t it? you can make all kinds of things out of carbon. Hell, some of my best friends are made of carbon! So, as anyone reading this blog might have come to realise, deep down I’m a … Continue reading

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The Sombrero Galaxy

My personal favourite galaxy, M104, the Sombrero Galaxy. Simply stunning, I’m sure you’ll agree, in this Hubble Telescope image. Discovered in 1781 by Pierre Méchain, the Sombrero is interesting because of that long dust lane you can see running across … Continue reading

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She’s a star…

This isn’t an actual image, just an artists impression I put together. I always find it helps to visualise these things; it helps me understand a system if i can see it. So this image depicts everything I currently know … Continue reading

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