Animation of artist’s impression of the super-Earth planet HD 85512 b

This animation shows an artist’s impression 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.


ESO/M. Kornmesser

About the Video

Release date:12 September 2011, 18:00
Related releases:eso1134
Duration:32 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:HD 85512 b
Type:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System

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