Source: ESO Science Release eso1134
Artist’s impression of the planet orbiting HD 85512 in Vela.
Image credits: ESO/M. Kornmesser
Astronomers using ESO’s world-leading exoplanet hunter HARPS have today announced a rich haul of more than 50 new exoplanets, including 16 super-Earths, one of which orbits at the edge of the habitable zone of its star. By studying the properties of all the HARPS planets found so far, the team has found that about 40% of stars similar to the Sun have at least one planet lighter than Saturn.(read more)