18 September 2011

12 September 2011

Another hot and humid day on HD85512b

We really need to get some better telescopes up in space so that we can start to see the surface of planets outside our solar system. In the latest news, astronomers have discovered a new potentially habitable planet--HD85512b, closely orbiting a star about 35 light-years from Earth in the constellation Vela. For it to be habitable, at least 60 percent of it would have to be covered in clouds (Earth has about 50 percent cloud cover). The planet's likely to be on the warm side and humid, with a gravity about 1.4 times that of Earth.