LONDON: After analysing over f
our years of data from NASA’s
Kepler spacecraft, a team of
astronomers has discovered a star
that is 11.2 billion years old
and has at least five Earth-size planets.
“The findings show that Earth-size
planets have formed throughout
most of the universe’s 13.8-billion-
year history, leaving open the possibility
for the existence of ancient life in the galaxy,”
said Tiago Campante, research fellow at the
University of Birmingham who led the research project.
The paper describes Kepler-444, a star that is 25 percent
smaller than our Sun and is 117 light years from Earth.
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