On August 17, 2011, researchers released a study of the planet. The study makes assumptions about the planet actually having the minimum mass allowed by existing observations, not being tidally locked, and having one specific composition out of the wide parameter set available to conclude that HD 85512 b is the most habitable exoplanet discovered up to that point and one of the most stable exoplanets discovered by the High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher.
The planet has a minimum Earth mass of 3.6 ± 0.5, minimumsurface gravity of about 1.4 g and assuming an atmosphere like Earth's despite its far greater mass, an estimated temperature of 298 K (24.85 °C or 76.73 °F) at the top of its atmosphere. The estimated temperature is noted to be similar to temperatures in Southern France, but various atmospheric conditions prevalent in the planet have to be analyzed to estimate the temperature of the surface. It orbits the parent star at a distance of about 0.26 AU, with an orbital period of about 54 days, and possibly tidally locked.
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Models generated by Pepe et al (2011) suggest that for the temperature to be below 270 K (-3.15 °C), for a circular orbit, the planetary albedo should be 0.48 ± 0.05 and for an eccentricity of 0.11, the planetary albedo should be 0.52. If the planet has 50% cloud cover, water may exist in liquid form on the planet provided its atmosphere is similar to our own, thus making the planet habitable. Also, if the albedo of the planet is increased due to cloud cover, water could be present in its liquid form on the planet, which would mean that the planet is on the edge of habitability.
Possibility as target for interstellar probe
Reaching HD 85512 b at the current record spacecraft speed, the Helios Probes (247,517 km/hour | 153,800 mi/hour), it would take approximately 156,971 years.