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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Tag Archives: polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
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
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
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
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