Before you get excited, please note that said planet is not actually made of beer. In fact, it's probably a gas giant, like Jupiter, only way hotter owing to the fact that it sits much closer to its own sun. BEER, in this case, is a somewhat tortured acronym for "relativistic BEaming, Ellipsoidal, and Reflection/emission modulations", a new method of finding exoplanets that could help us spot worlds we might otherwise have missed. Ian O'Neill explains at

9 Responses to “Kepler space telescope discovers a BEER planet”

  1. Uncle Geo says:

    I’m thankful that I was born on a planet that has beer. I feel sorry for the Kepler-76b-ians that they have no beer. And when they die, I’m told heaven has no beer. There is simply no beer in your future if you live on Kepler76b. Unless they come here. I’ll crack a cold one for ‘em when they do. It’s the right thing to do.

    • weatherman says:

      The article doesn’t say for sure that the planet isn’t made out of beer, or that there isn’t beer somewhere on the planet. It does suggest that if there is beer, it’s probably warm though, making kepler76b about as unappealing to visit as England. Better to just stay on planet Earth until we find a planet made out of beer at around 45 degrees. In a universe of infinite planets, there must be at least one.

  2. iindigo says:

    It’ll make a great match for the Meat Planet.

  3. niktemadur says:

    Picture a rowdy mob of planetary astronomers chanting “WE WANT BEER! WE WANT BEER!”
    Next up, Tectonically Inactive Terran Sized planets.

  4. FrankenPC . says:

    Well, I do sort of turn into a gas giant when I’ve had too many beers.  

  5. Preston Sturges says:

    It sounds like the planet is only near beer.

    Maybe Anheuser-Busch would pay to name it Planet O’Doul’s.

  6. picklefactory says:

    Just let me know when they find the Non-Stop Party Planet.

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