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Super Earth

One of fifty newly found alien planets that could potentially support life. The planets have been discovered by an exoplanet-hunting telescope from the European Southern Observatory (ESO). The Super Earth - code named HD 85512 b - is 3.6 times more massive than our planet and orbits at the edge of its star's habitable zone, which is a narrow region in which the distance is just right for liquid water to exist given the right conditions.

The exoplanet findings came from observations from the High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher instrument, or HARPS. The HARPS spectrograph is part of ESO's 11.8-foot (3.6-meter) telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile.

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