Ancient Solar System Hosts 5 Earth-Sized Vulcan Planets

February 2, 2015 1:37 AM

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NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has discovered a new solar system roughly 117 light-years from Earth that plays host to five Earth-sized planets orbiting a star, Kepler-444, that’s more than twice as old as the Sun.

The five rocky planets circling Kepler-444, which is 11.2 billion years old, are too close to the star to fall within the “Goldilocks zone” around the star which would be warm enough, but not too warm, to support the existence of liquid water and the possibility of life.

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