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First Goldilocks Exoplanet May Not Exist

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Science  22 Oct 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6003, pp. 433
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6003.433

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Astronomers have begun debating whether the first claimed habitable planet circling another star is a figment of their data analysis. At a meeting last week in Turin, Italy, a group of exoplanet hunters announced that its observations show no sign of Gliese 581g, the Goldilocks planet on which conditions are just right for harboring life. Only a couple of weeks earlier, a rival group had announced with much fanfare its discovery of the long-sought Earth-like habitable planet.