Epoch 2000 Equinox 2000
|Right ascension||09h 51m 07.1s|
|Declination||−43° 30′ 10″|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||7.66|
|Spectral type||K5 V|
|U−B color index||1.12|
|B−V color index||1.18|
|V−R color index||0.71|
|R−I color index||0.62|
|Radial velocity (Rv)||-9.6 km/s|
|Proper motion (μ)||RA: 461.28 mas/yr
Dec.: −472.87 mas/yr
|Parallax (π)||89.75 ± 0.82 mas|
|Distance||36.3 ± 0.3 ly
(11.1 ± 0.1 pc)
|Absolute magnitude (MV)||7.43|
|Radius||0.533 ±0.04[note 1] R☉|
|Luminosity (bolometric)||0.126 ± 0.008 L☉|
|Surface gravity (log g)||4.39 ± 0.28|
|Temperature||4715 ± 102 K|
|Rotation||47.13 ± 6.98|
|Rotational velocity (v sin i)||<3 km/s|
|Age||5.61 ± 0.61 Gyr|
HD 85512 is a solitary, orange, main-sequence (K5 V) star located approximately 36 light-years away in the constellation Vela. The star is approximately one billion years older than the Sun. It is extremely chromospherically inactive, only slightly more active than Tau Ceti. The star is known to host one low-mass planet.
Planetary system 
On August 19, 2011, a ≥3.6 Earth-mass planet was discovered using HARPS that is "just inside" the habitable zone, along with the planets of 82 G. Eridani and HR 7722 c. The planet could be potentially cool enough to host liquid water if the planet exhibits more than 50% cloud coverage. HD 85512 b is currently the fifth best candidate for habitability according to the Habitable Exoplanets Catalog.
(in order from star)
|b||≥3.6 M⊕||0.26 ± 0.005||58.43 ± 0.13||0.11 ± 0.1||—||—|
- "Fifty New Exoplanets Discovered by HARPS". ESO Science Release. 12 September 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
- Pepe, F.; et al. (2011). The HARPS search for Earth-like planets in the habitable zone: I – Very low-mass planets around HD20794, HD85512 and HD192310. arXiv:1108.3447. Bibcode:2011yCat..35349058P. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201117055.
- From , where is the radius, is the luminosity, is the effective surface temperature and is the Stefan–Boltzmann constant.
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