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Artists’s impression of one of more than 50 new exoplanets found by HARPS: the rocky super-Earth HD 85512 b

This artist’s impression shows the planet orbiting the Sun-like star HD 85512 in the southern constellation of Vela (The Sail). This planet is one of sixteen super-Earths discovered by the HARPS instrument on the 3.6-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory. This planet is about 3.6 times as massive as the Earth and lies at the edge of the habitable zone around the star, where liquid water, and perhaps even life, could potentially exist.

Credit:

ESO/M. Kornmesser/Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org)

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About the Image

Id:eso1134a
Type:Artwork
Release date:12 September 2011, 18:00
Related releases:eso1134
Size:5000 x 3333 px

About the Object

Name:HD 85512 b
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
• X - Illustrations
Distance:35 light years

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