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Controversial clues of two 'Goldilocks planets' that might support life are proven false
July 3, 2014
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Mysteries about controversial signals from a star considered a prime target in the search for extraterrestrial life now have been solved. The research proves for the first time, that some of the signals actually are from events inside the star itself, not from the two so-called "Goldilocks planets," which were suspected to be just right for life and orbiting the star at a distance where liquid water potentially could exist. No planets there, just star burps.Full Story
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