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Controversial clues of two 'Goldilocks planets' that might support life are proven false

July 3, 2014

location of the three planets remaining in 2014 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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