Goodbye, alien neighbors.

Nature makes us feel lonely. It turns out that Gliese 580c isn’t that likely to have life on it after all.

The most Earth-like planet discovered so far is not quite in the right place to be habitable after all, researchers say. But its neighbour might be.

Unfortunately, Nature has shifted that article into its paid subscriber-only archive, but you can get the gist of the story here, here and here. Gliese 580d is the new most-likeliest-to-be-alivest planet Earth people have seen in space. In fact, it’s technically a super-Earth.

(As a side note, it’s interesting to me that half these articles are from November, while the other half are from June. Some people knew what was going on a long time before the rest of us caught on.)