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MRO HiRise Cam Reveals Stunning New Mars Crater

NASA says the ejecta from this newly formed 100-foot (30 -meter) crater on Mars extend over 9 miles (15 km) from the center of impact. The crater is at 3.7 degrees north latitude, 53.4 degrees east longitude on the Red Planet. Scientists viewing the images of this area from JPL’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s Context Camera […]

February 6th

Circumbinary Planet Kepler-34(AB)b Has Its Secrets Revealed By New Research

Curcumbinary planets — such as Kepler-34(AB)b — very likely form relatively far away from their parent stars, before migrating in closer, according to new research from the University of Bristol. The new research, focused on Kepler-34(AB)b, explores the formative process of planets in circumbinary star-systems — and was performed with the aid of the Kepler […]

February 1st

Astronomers Capture First Image of 'Cosmic Web' That Holds Galaxies Together

Just a few years ago, indirect evidence, or “signatures”, of gigantic cosmic “tendrils”, or filaments, was discovered lurking around distant multi-galactic formations. Vast in scale but invisible, such filamentous structures apparently account for much of the missing matter required to keep galaxies intact (and prevent them from dispersing randomly throughout the cosmos). These intricately branching […]

January 20th

Top 5 Planetsave Stories Of 2013

2013 was a clear record year for Planetsave. From hot space stories to hot animal stories (and one combo space–animal story), this year was hot. Below were the top 5 stories of the year, based purely on page views. Check them out: 700-Pound Snake — Giant Snake Found In North Carolina, Facts And Photos (310,601 views) […]

December 31st

Ursids Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight, December 21, 2013

The Ursids meteor shower — one of the most reliable meteor showers of the year — will be peaking tonight, on December 21, 2013. The exact peak will be sometime in the early morning hours on December 22, but the best time to watch for most will be in the evening on December 21 before […]

December 21st

Ursids Meteor Shower Peaks On December 21, 2013

The Ursids meteor shower is nearly here — the noted meteor shower will be reaching its peak only a week from now, on the night of December 21, 2013. While the exact peak will be on the night of December 21, 2013, any night between the 17th and 25th offers the possibility of seeing some […]

December 14th

Geminids Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight On December 13 2013

The Geminids meteor shower — regularly one of the most prolific meteor showers of the year — will be reaching its peak tonight, on December 13, 2013 (early morning hours of December 14, 2013). While the peak rate would typically occur sometime around 2 AM (local time), this year you might want to wait until […]

December 13th

New 'Extreme' Form of Bacteria Found In NASA, ESA Clean Rooms

A completely new bacterial life form that appears to inhabit only space agency ‘clean rooms’ has been classified after more than three years of investigation and analysis. Microbial lifeforms that can survive and even thrive in extreme environments — known as extremophiles — have become the focus of much research in recent years. Such extreme-adapted […]

November 24th

Comet ISON Now Visible To The Naked Eye

Comet ISON may finally be starting to live up to the hype — the much ballyhooed comet is apparently now visible to the naked eye, according to recent reports. With two weeks still left until ISON reaches perihelion (closest approach to the Sun), this is a good sign. 🙂 Perhaps Comet ISON will end up […]

November 15th

Leonids Meteor Shower Peaks Saturday November 16 2013

The Leonid meteor shower will be reaching its peak this Saturday night (early Sunday morning) on November 16, 2013. The typically prolific meteor shower is expected to reach a peak rate this year of about 10-20 meteors an hour — notably lower than during the years of meteor storms, but still a pretty good show. […]

November 13th

Leonids 2013 — Leonids Meteor Shower Peaks November 16 2013

The Leonids meteor shower will be reaching its peak this year late night on November 16, 2013 (early morning November 17, 2013). The famous meteor shower, that appears to originate out of the constellation of Leo, is expected to reach a peak rate of around 10-20 meteors an hour this year — quite a bit […]

November 6th

Witch Head Nebula Captured In New Image From NASA

A rather interesting looking new image of the Witch Head Nebula was recently captured by NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. The new infrared portrait captures the rather strange looking resident of the Orion constellation — the hundreds of light-years across nebula is located just off of the infamous hunter’s knee in Orion. NASA […]

November 4th

Hybrid Solar Eclipse On Sunday November 3 2013

A hybrid solar eclipse will be occurring just a couple of days from now, on Sunday, November 3, 2013. While the eclipse will be visible to those on the East Coast of the US, those in Africa and the Middle East will get the best show — with total eclipse being visible to those in […]

November 1st

The Private Mission To Save Planet Earth (From Asteroids)

Our Solar system is a potentially world-altering place when it comes to asteroid impacts; planetary scientists continue to find plentiful evidence of multiple and massive asteroid impacts on other planets and the various moons that orbit them…And, of course, there is evidence of “extinction level” impacts occurring in the distant past here on Earth. Such […]

October 24th

Orionids Meteor Shower Peaks Sunday Night, October 20 2013

The Orionid meteor shower will be reaching its peak only a couple of days from now — late on the night of Sunday October 20 2013 (early morning on Monday October 21 2013). The shower is already producing pretty well though, so if you want to head out tonight you might be able to see […]

October 18th