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is a solitary, orange, main-sequence (K5 V) star located approximately 36 light-years away in the constellation Vela
Vela is a constellation in the southern sky. Its name is Latin for the sails of a ship, and it was originally part of a larger constellation, the ship Argo Navis, which was later divided into three parts, the others being Carina and Puppis.-Stars:...
On August 19, 2011, it was found using the High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS) that Gliese 370 has a 3.6 Earth-mass
Earth mass is the unit of mass equal to that of the Earth. 1 M⊕ = 5.9722 × 1024 kg. Earth mass is often used to describe masses of rocky terrestrial planets....
planet "just inside" the habitable zone
In astronomy and astrobiology, a habitable zone is an umbrella term for regions that are considered favourable to life. The concept is inferred from the empirical study of conditions favourable for Life on Earth...
. The planet, Gliese 370 b
HD 85512 b is an extrasolar planet orbiting the K-type star Gliese 370 approximately 36 light-years away in the constellation of Vela ....
, could be potentially cool enough to host liquid water if the planet exhibits more than 50% cloud coverage. Gliese 370 b is, with Gl 581 d, the best candidate for exploring habitability to date, a planet on the edge of habitability.