European Astronomers have announced that they have discovered fifty new planets. These new planets include 16 Super Earths as claimed by them. They also claim that one of the sixteen has the potential of being home to life, if the conditions are right.
The report of the newly discovered exo-planets was presented at Extreme Solar Systems meeting at the Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. These new planets were discovered with the help of HARPS (High Accuracy Radical velocity Planet Searcher) telescope in Chile. This telescope has helped in discovering about 150 planets in the Solar System.
The Super Earths that have been discovered are the special things in this discovery. These super Earths are larger than our own planet, but not as large as planets like Neptune. One of the worlds identified as HD 85512 b is very large than our planet Earth and has a estimated mass of over 3.6 times as that of Earth. This planet has great potential to be habitable as the distance of this planet from its star is close enough for water to be present there.
Michael Mayor representing the University Of Geneva, Switzerland and the leader of the HARPS team was quoted as saying that:
The detection of HD 85512 b is far from the limit of HARPS and demonstrates the possibility of discovering other super-earths in the habitable zones around stars similar to the Sun.
HD 85512 b was officially discovered in August. It is about 35 light years away from our planet. The temperature on this planet is said to be about 25 degrees Celsius, which is equivalent to about 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Lisa Kaltanegger, an astronomer representing the Max Planck Institute in Germany says that the planet might be humid and has temperatures of about 49 degrees Celsius or 120 degrees Fahrenheit at max.