An artist imagines how the Kepler-47 planetary system might look

Aliens could inhabit world with two suns

A newly discovered solar system is intriguing astronomers because it has two suns – and one of its planets orbits them in the habitable zone meaning it could harbour alien life.

Ray Stanford, left, and Rob Weems examine the large dinosaur footprint

Dinosaurs . . . on a NASA space base!

Fossilised footprints found at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center show that dinosaurs roamed what is now a high-tech research base around 110 million years ago.

Uranus and its main moons imaged by the Hubble space telescope

Moons of Uranus perform dance of death

An intricate dynamical dance performed by the inner moons of Uranus could end in disaster as it appears that certain pairs of moons have the orbital equivalent to two left feet.

Two Perseids are visible in this photo taken in 2010. Credit: Robin Scagell, Galaxy Picture Library

Perseid meteors 2012 will rival Olympic fireworks

This weekend brings us the peak of a natural display of fireworks to rival the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games. Our planet is ploughing through a stream of dust that creates a spectacle known as the Perseid meteor shower.

A high-resolution image of Curiosity's heat shield falling away during the rover's descent

Mars flying saucer is Curiosity’s heat shield

NASA released a spectacular new photo of a “flying saucer” over Mars last night. The circular object is really a new high-resolution view of the Curiosity rover’s heat shield falling away as the craft descended through the martian atmosphere.

An image of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies by the Hubble Space Telescope

Is dark matter hiding in plain sight?

An orbiting gamma-ray telescope that has stared into deep space for four years may have picked up signs of dark matter in the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies.