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Miami (AFP) - International astronomers said Tuesday they have discovered the oldest known star encircled by five Earth-sized planets, signaling that planets formed throughout the history of the universe.
The system is 11.2 billion years old and was born near the dawn of the galaxy, said the report in the Astrophysical Journal.
The star has been named Kepler-444, since it was found with the help of NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft which launched in 2009.
Its five planets are a bit smaller than the Earth, ranging in size from Venus to Mercury.
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