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#TuesNews – New Planets Found in Distant Galaxy Named After Beer

CNN – TRAPPIST-1 is the name of a system of seven Earth-size planets orbiting a dwarf star “just” 40 light-years away. Three of the planets sit in the habitable zone of their star, making it possible they could support liquid water on the surface and sustain life.

The researchers also nicknamed each exoplanet — those that orbit stars outside our own solar system — after monastic Trappist beers like Rochefort, Orval and Westvleteren, some of which have been brewed for centuries.

This has got to be one of the cooler things imagined. Some Belgian scientists were sipping on some brews late at the office one night when they discover a freaking new solar system a bajillion miles away with 7 planets that could sustain life! Just wild! Then, what do they do? Instead of keeping the name ABC-123 like they usually do, they look at each other with buzzed eyes and decide to name the planets after some brews they were drinking. Leave it to the Belgians.

Someday, maybe my great grandchildren can travel to Westvleteren and speak of how I blogged this very post and told them how the planet was named after beer, a human delicacy. Cheers fellow humans and cheers potential aliens living in Trappist-1!
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