Kepler-444 hosts five Earth-sized planets in very compact orbits. The planets were detected from the dimming that occurs when they transit the disc of their parent star, as shown in this artist’s conception. Credit: Tiago Campante/Peter DevineKepler-444 is a metal-poor Sun-like star located in the constellation Lyra, 116.4 light-years away.
Also known as HIP 94931, KIC 6278762, KOI-3158, and LHS 3450, this pale yellow-orange star is very bright and can be easily seen with binoculars.
It was formed 11.2 billion years ago, when the Universe was less than 20 percent its current age. It is approximately 25 percent smaller than the Sun and substantially cooler.