Astronomers Announce Discovery of Potentially Inhabitable Planet

Astronomers say they have discovered 50 new planets, including 16 “super Earths and Neptune-type planets” orbiting near their stars.

This is by far the largest number of such planets ever announced at one time, with masses ranging from 1 to 10 times than that of Earth.

European Southern Observatory (ESO) astronomers have used the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope to capture an image of NGC 6744. This impressive spiral galaxy lies about 30 million light-years away in the southern constellation of Pavo the Peacoc). But this view could almost be a picture postcard of our own Milky Way, taken and sent by an extragalactic friend, as this galaxy closely resembles our own.

The planet named HD 85512b is one of the fifty planets astronomers recently discovered with the help of High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS), also known as "The Planet Hunter," at the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) location in La Silla, Chile.