Potentially Habitable Planet Around HD 85512

Scientists from the University of Geneva in Switzerland informed that they found a planet that may be habitable. HD 85512 b is an extrasolar planet orbiting the star HD 85512 approximately 36 light-years away in the constellation of Vela. It orbits the parent star at a distance of about 0.26 AU, which is closer than Earth’s orbit, with an orbital period of about 54 days. A team  of  scientists  under  the  auspices  of  Francesco  Pepe  believe that   the  planet’s  atmosphere  similar   to  the  Earth’s atmosphere, that is  composed of oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrogen. Scientists believe the planet’s atmosphere is at least 50% of the clouds for a natural barrier against the emission of a neighboring star and maintenance of water at a liquid state on the planet. 

It is located at such a distance from its sun, which allows water remain in liquid state on the surface of the planet. Although compared to the distance from Earth to the Sun, exoplanet HD 85512 b is much closer to its star, the conditions for it are potentially suitable for living due to the fact that its star is smaller and cooler than our sun. The planet was discovered by a spectrograph HARPS of European Southern Observatory (ESO). HD 85512 b is, with Gl 581 d, the best candidate for exploring habitability to date, a planet on the edge of habitability.