'Mirage planets' may complicate search for extraterrestrial life

February 18, 2015 1:50 PM

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'Mirage planets' may complicate search for extraterrestrial life

This artist's rendering shows a dwarf star and its planets. Some planets around these kinds of stars might seem habitable, but they're really "mirage planets." (NASA/JPL)

Some alien worlds might look like they're capable of hosting life as we know it on Earth, but in reality, these "mirage planets" might have burned away those chances for life, scientists think.

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