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: supernovae
As is fairly obvious, the recently inaugurated President of the USA, Donald Trump, has no idea what uranium is. To quote him directly: “You know what uranium is, right? S’thing called nuclear weapons and other things and lots of… things are … Continue reading
I do love a good supernova, don’t you? This latest one has just recently burst into existence in the galaxy M82. Check out this flashy little gif animation, blinking between a usual picture of the galaxy and a recent one. … Continue reading
I was rather gratified the other day, to learn that I’m not boring for being a fan of Orion. Apparently, several other people pick Orion as their favourite constellation, ever vigilant in the skies from almost anywhere on the planet. … Continue reading
Picture the scene. You’re drifting in intergalactic space. There are no stars punctuating the darkness, like there are here on Earth. Instead of stars, the points of light you can see are fuzzier looking. Far fewer points of light than … Continue reading
It’s pretty amazing, all the things that get caught up in the Antarctic ice. It’s a prime hunting ground for meteorites, for one thing. The infamous ALH 84001 with its supposed martian microfossils was found in Antarctica. As was the … Continue reading
I haven’t written about anything astronomical in over a month. That’s disgraceful! And I call myself an astronomy blogger? Time to remedy this, methinks… So in keeping with my favourite subject, this beautiful plasmatic puffball is the remnant of Tycho’s … Continue reading
Roughly 3000 light years from us is this faint but dramatic supernova remnant. Simeis 147 is around 40,000 years old and is faint enough that it’s essentially invisible to the naked eye. Surprising then that these faint filaments of hydrogen, … Continue reading
Carbonado diamonds, sometimes known simply as “black diamonds” are enigmatic things. Given their origins, rare and expensive seems something of an understatement. Regular diamonds (allegedly a girl’s best friend) are created naturally inside planet Earth, through the high pressures found … Continue reading
Interestingly, about the time I first started writing about near Earth supernovae, this fascinating paper was already published. Though by some quirk of fate, I’ve only just been able to get a copy of it to read! So as I’ve … Continue reading
So this blog’s called Supernova Condensate, but I realise I’ve never actually written about supernova condensate! Time to fix that, I think… Supernova condensate, often abbreviated to SuNoCon (which sounds like it should be a convention somewhere), is exactly that. … Continue reading