<p><strong>A new <a href="http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/space/planets/">planet</a> found about 36 light-years away could be one of the most Earthlike worlds yet—if it has enough clouds. The rocky planet's discovery became the </strong><strong>tenth most visited </strong><strong>National Geographic News story of 2011.</strong></p><p>The unpoetically named HD85512b was discovered orbiting in the habitable zone of an orange dwarf <a href="http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/space/universe/stars-article.html">star</a> in the constellation Vela, according to an August study.</p><p>Astronomers found the planet using the European Southern Observatory's <a href="http://www.eso.org/sci/facilities/lasilla/instruments/harps/">High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher</a>, or HARPS, instrument in Chile.</p><p><a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/08/110830-new-planet-found-most-earthlike-life-clouds-water-space-science/"><strong>Full story &gt;&gt;</strong><br></a></p>

10. Possible Earthlike Planet Spotted

A new planet found about 36 light-years away could be one of the most Earthlike worlds yet—if it has enough clouds. The rocky planet's discovery became the tenth most visited National Geographic News story of 2011.

The unpoetically named HD85512b was discovered orbiting in the habitable zone of an orange dwarf star in the constellation Vela, according to an August study.

Astronomers found the planet using the European Southern Observatory's High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher, or HARPS, instrument in Chile.

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Illustration courtesy L. Calçada, ESO

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