Super-earth exoplanet found that could support life

Astronomers discover second planet outside our solar system, which is the correct distance from the star for life to exist.

Astronomers say they have discovered second planet outside our solar system, which is the correct distance from the star potential for life support. However, any possible inhabitants would have to have a taste for an environment that felt like a hot steam bath.

venus 300x300 Super earth exoplanet found that could support life<!  DONTREWRITE  >European astronomers announced the discovery of a total of 50 planets outside our solar system. Among these was one which lies in the “Goldilocks zone – an area not too hot or too cold for liquid water, essential for the Earth, like life, to attend.

Detection of the past only Goldilocks planet that is still standing today is the one found in 2007. To help life on new planet should not only be for water, will also remain stable as the earth and consists mainly of gas like Jupiter.

Newly discovered planet, called HD85512b is approximately 3.6 times the mass of Earth, there are an estimated temperature range of 30-50 degrees Celsius, and it is estimated that the atmosphere is very humid.

“It’s very moist, just think about today (Washington) muggiest can imagine,” says Lisa Kaltenegger, an astronomer at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, and author of a new study. “We can not say it was populated by you and me.”

However, another kind of life – could be shorter and squatter – could possibly take root there, he said. They may be closer to earth than men due to the gravity of this planet is 1.4 times what we experience.

According Kaltenegger, at least 60 percent of the planet is covered with clouds that is potentially habitable. The Earth is about 50 percent cloud cover.

HD85512b, closed circle around the star 35 light years from Earth in the constellation Vela. Each light-year is 5800000000000 miles. A year on the planet just 60 days. The sun is about 1000 degrees Celsius cooler than our sun.

New “exoplanets” discovered by special instruments of the European Southern Observatory, called the search for planets harp, based in Chile. These findings double the number of planets closest to Earth in mass closest to the size of Jupiter.

This new Goldilocks planet was observed more than a thousand times over 200 nights of tracking from Chile so astronomers are confident of their findings, said study author, Francesco Pepe, the Geneva Observatory in Switzerland.

In addition to the two European discoveries of potentially habitable planets, a NASA telescope has identified more than 50 other candidates, but still require further investigation.

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