Habitable ‘Goldilocks’ planet not a real planet after all1 min read

WASHINGTON — A new study says a planet outside our solar system thought to be in the so-called Goldilocks zone is not even a real planet, but a cosmic masquerade.

Four years ago, scientists proclaimed they found what could be the first planet outside our solar system in the habitable zone around its star — not too hot and not too cold for life. Now, other researchers have shown that what was found, Gliese 581 g, wasn’t a planet.

This undated handout artist rendering provided by Lynette Cook, National Science Foundation, shows a new planet, right. (AP Photo/Zina Deretsky, National Science Foundation)

This undated handout artist rendering provided by Lynette Cook, National Science Foundation, shows a new planet, right. (AP Photo/Zina Deretsky, National Science Foundation)

Pennsylvania State University astronomer Paul Robertson said in a study published Thursday by the journal Science that what astronomers thought were two planets there turned out to be just magnetic outbursts from the local star. Three outside experts agreed.

There are still about 20 other planets in the habitable Goldilocks zone.

 

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