Pink Dwarf Planet “Biden” Found Beyond Pluto, Hints At More Planets

By: Val Powell - March 27, 2014

Scientists discovered a pink dwarf planet at the edge of the solar system, long thought to be a celestial no-man’s land. The object, officially called 2012 VP-113, is nicknamed “Biden” in jest after incumbent US Vice President Joe Biden.

The dwarf planet was found by Scott Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution for Science and Chad Trujillo of the Gemini Observatory through the use of a new camera affixed to a telescope mounted in Chile. Biden is described as a “pink ice ball” because temperatures on it are estimated to reach around minus 400 degrees Fahrenheit. It has a diameter of 280 miles and is 7.5 billion miles from the sun, making a year on Biden 4000 times longer than one on Earth. At its farthest, Biden can reach 42 billion miles from the sun.

 Animation of dwarf planet in orbit

For decades, scientists thought the area beyond the Kuiper belt, of which Pluto is part of, was deserted. In 2003, the dwarf planet Sedna was discovered, but was initially considered an outlier. The discovery of Biden dramatically changes things. Sedna is not just accompanied—there may be hundreds of other objects out there.

California Institute of Technology (Caltech) astronomer and Sedna co-discoverer Mike Brown shares how he initially thought finding Sedna was possibly a fluke, but the new find confirms the area may be populated after all.

Calculations based on new data brought by Biden’s discovery reveal that there are possibly 900 other celestial bodies in the area waiting to be found.

Scientists also observed patterns in Sedna’s and Biden’s orbits, which point to the existence of a massive body nearby. This planet is estimated to be ten times the size of Earth and up to a thousand times as far from the sun. Brown comments that the new discovery shows that there are regions of the solar system that we barely know anything about.

The immense distance has made it difficult for these celestial bodies to be found. Few of the objects will be visible to today’s telescopes because they do not emit their own light and it takes thousands of years for them to get closest to the sun.

Sedna and Biden were both found at their closest approach to the sun, which made light from the sun bounce off their surfaces and allowed them to be seen from Earth’s observatories. Astronomers are hoping that new technology will facilitate the search for answers in our solar system.

Image via YouTube

About the Author

Val PowellI'm a content writer, blogger, SEO enthusiast, visual artist, world traveler and lover of spicy foods. I also live and work in Queens, New York. FOLLOW ME on Twitter! @webnewsreporter or LIKE ME on Facebook! webnewsreporter

View all posts by Val Powell
  • Serendipity

    First thought: Oh no here come the Nibiru comments.
    Second thought: absolutely fascinating we’ve been able to view distant galaxies but these relatively close objects have gone unseen until now

  • http://batman-news.com Amazing Gross

    Currently the Nibiru and the Anunaki inhabit planet-X. They established a listening posts here but have lately abandoned Sedna and Biden. I have this from the innermost CIA circles. I am an ex astronaut. I also have a direct line to the White House. I was kidnapped by the Anunaki buuut then I was elevated to the level of a council member in view of my expertise and links to the highest levels in all mojor countries

  • Ron Nickerson

    This is what happens when our illustrious VP has been standing
    entirely way to close to the Wet Bar. It is now painfully obvious
    they are not letting him out much anymore. For just the reasons
    posted here.

  • Greg Miron(LoneWolfGAM)

    I wonder if “biden” is actually tyche?
    just a random though hehe.

  • Aaron Ververs

    ‘ Biden is described as a “pink ice ball” ‘
    Oh man – what a burn! I’m going to start using that term to diss people: “Yo! You drive like a pink ice ball!”

  • Wayne Jones

    Maybe he’ll decide to move there and take obongo with ‘im !!!