Scientists (maybe) found a new planet in our solar system. It’s called Biden.

March 26, 2014

Updated 3:56 p.m.

Astronomers Chad Trujillo and Scott Sheppard reported in the science journal Nature today that they just might have found a new dwarf planet. It's way, way out there, further away from us than Pluto. “It goes to show that there’s something we don’t know about our Solar System, and it’s something important,” Trujillo told Nature. “We’re starting to get a taste of what’s out beyond what we consider the edge.” The Minor Planet Center named this new planet 2012 VP113, but they are calling it "VP" or "Biden" for short. Unfortunately, the planet will get a new name once we learn more about its orbit in a few years. For now, however, let us celebrate the fact that we have two potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidates who have second careers as planets -- whether literal or metaphorical.

Source: The New York Times
Jaime Fuller reports on national politics for "The Fix" and Post Politics. She worked previously as an associate editor at the American Prospect, a political magazine based in Washington, D.C.
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