Let's give the newly discovered Trappist-1 planets Belgian Trappist beer names!
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TRAPPIST-1, also designated as 2MASS J23062928-0502285, is an ultra-cool dwarf star located 39.5 light-years (12.1 parsecs) from the Sun in the constellation Aquarius. It is as of February 2017 unique in light of its seven detected roughly Earth-sized planets.
In 2015, astronomers discovered three Earth-sized planets orbiting the dwarf star. A team led by Belgian scientist Michaël Gillon at the University of Liège in Belgium detected the planets using transit photometry with the Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope (TRAPPIST) at the La Silla Observatory in Chile. On 22 February 2017, astronomers announced four additional exoplanets around TRAPPIST-1. Besides TRAPPIST, this work utilized the Very Large Telescope at Paranal and the NASA Spitzer Space Telescope, among others, and brought the total number of planets to seven, of which three are considered to be in its habitable zone. The others could also conceivably be habitable (possess liquid water somewhere on their surface).
Trappist is also a certain kind of beer, brewed in an abbey, under supervision of monks. The income the monks receive from selling the beer, goes to their daily support. The rest of the money is given away to charity or social purposes. There are 6 Trappist breweries in Belgium, 2 in Holland, 1 in Austria, 1 in Italy and 1 in US.
In honour of the Belgian researchers and just because it is funny: let's give these newly discovered planets the names of the Belgian Trappist beers: Orval, Westmalle, Chimay, Westvleteren, Rochefort, Achel. The seventh planet's name is free to choose. Maybe Spencer, because it's Amercan?
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