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Never mind little green men: life on other planets might be purple

Trappist-1 is a red-dwarf star, the most common variety, located some 40 light-years away in Aquarius. In 2015, astronomers discovered that Trappist-1 was host to three earth-sized planets.

An exoplanet (artist’s illustration) that’s home to living organisms might not look green. Credit: Mark Garlick/SPL

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Nature 629, 263 (2024)


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  • Correction 05 June 2024: An earlier version of this article used an incorrect version of the first author’s name.


  1. Coelho, L. F., et al. Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 530, 1363–1368 (2024).

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