Alien Planet HD 85512 b Holds Possibility of Life (Infographic)
Planet HD 85512 b, though larger than Earth, may have some of the conditions thought necessary for life to exist there.
Credit: Karl Tate, SPACE.com

The announcement of 50 newfound alien worlds today (Sept. 12) included 16 so-called "super-Earths" and one planet that, just possibly, could be habitable, astronomers said.

The planet, called HD 85512 b, orbits the star HD 85512 about 35 light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Vela (the Sail). See a profile of the planet in the infographic above.

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