Newly Discovered Planet: Hot, Muggy And (Maybe) Liveable : The Two-WayMore than 30 million light-years away, the planet in the constellation Vela may have water. It also has temperatures in the low 100s and lots of humidity.
"It would feel like a steam bath — hot, sticky and beyond uncomfortable."
That's how The Associated Press describes the way scientists are describing "HD 85512 b ... a newly discovered planet about 35 light-years from Earth in the constellation Vela."
It's the second planet outside our solar system that seems to be orbiting in "the habitable zone" around its star, according to the European Southern Observatory, which today announced the discovery of HD 85512 b and more than 50 other plants around other stars. In that habitable zone, "water may be present in liquid form if conditions are right," the ESC adds.
One issue, though, if you don't like steamy weather: "Temperatures there may range from 85 to 120 degrees with plenty of humidity," the AP adds.
"Manfred Cuntz, director of the astronomy program at the University of Texas, Arlington, noted that more information is needed before anyone can speculate whether aliens are wandering around the newfound planet.
" 'It's not their fault no extra information [about the planet's atmosphere] is available right now,' Cuntz said of the research team. 'It looks like this is a strong candidate, in principle.' "