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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: satellites
It wasn’t that long ago, I was writing about the alarming possible scenarios of Kessler syndrome and ablation cascades around Earth. Unnervingly, and almost one year after a UN report about such events, a satellite collision over Siberia last Tuesday … Continue reading
I just realised — IBEX launches today! At about 7:48pm BST (1:48pm EDT). And it has a launch blog which is live 2 hours beforehand. And I have mead. Mead is good. Though it means I probably won’t be sat … Continue reading
I read somewhere a while ago (most likely Universe Today) about a plug in for Google Earth that shows around 13,000 of the satellites in orbit around the Earth, dead and alive. It’s really quite amazing exactly how many satellites … Continue reading
Seminars at Uni kicked off today with a talk about gamma ray bursts. Which was very cool. The concept of a collapsing black hole at the core of a star, giving out enough energy to punch two beams out of … Continue reading
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
My name has officially joined the multitude of others recorded on a microchip that’ll be aboard NASA’s Glory Mission satellite. Silly, but kinda cool. I even have a nice little certificate to prove it… Yay me!