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Scientists Nickname Planet-Like Object 'Biden'
newsmax ^ | 3/27/14 | c coren

Posted on 03/27/2014 1:16:15 PM PDT by bestintxas

It's official name is "2012 VP-113." But astronomers have nicknamed the newly discovered planet-like object on the edge of the solar system "Biden."

Smiling Joe, nick-named for Vice President Joe Biden, is 7 billion miles away from the sun and has its own celestial body, The Washington Post reported. Biden is quite small at 280 miles in diameter, and scientists say it could be dwarf planet. Pluto, which was deemed a dwarf planet in 2006 has a diameter of 1,430 miles. By contrast, Earth is 7,900 miles across.

It has a temperature of minus 430 degrees Fahrenheit and is likely covered in ice.

The discovery was reported in the science journal Nature by Scott Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington and Chad Trujillo of the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii.

It was spotted from a ground telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile in November 2012.

They say that "Biden" could help explain how the solar system was formed.

"It goes to show that there's something we don't know about our solar system, and it's something important," said Chad Trujillo of the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii.

"We're starting to get a taste of what's out beyond what we consider the edge."

It is in a region called the Oort Cloud, which is 30 to 50 astronomical units (AU) away from the Kuiper Belt where Pluto is located.

A similar planetary object was discovered in 2004 called Sedna, which is also in the Oort Cloud and is 76 AU from the Sun. Biden is 80 AU away. Sedna can stray 1,000 AU from the Sun, but Biden never goes more than 452 AU away.

The fact that it seems so bound by the Sun's gravitational pull is also a mystery, Sheppard told Nature.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsmax.com ...


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KEYWORDS: 2012vp113; biden; catastrophism; dwarfplanet; kbo; minorplanet; pinkplanet; xplanets
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Let's see how good the captioning of this can be for Freepers.
1 posted on 03/27/2014 1:16:15 PM PDT by bestintxas
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To: bestintxas

So once again...Joe gets a plug.


2 posted on 03/27/2014 1:17:13 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: bestintxas
Is it something wobbling through space or just something really flaky.
3 posted on 03/27/2014 1:18:31 PM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- which have been proven over time.)
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To: bestintxas
Anything in empty space that perturbs everything nearby is a Biden!
4 posted on 03/27/2014 1:20:48 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: topher

Is it circling around Uranus? Inhabited by Clingons? Stinky?


5 posted on 03/27/2014 1:20:58 PM PDT by shankbear (The tree of Liberty appears to be perishing because there are few patriots willing to refresh it.)
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To: bestintxas
It has a temperature of minus 430 degrees Fahrenheit and is likely covered in ice.

"Hillary's Heart" would have been a much better name than "Biden".
6 posted on 03/27/2014 1:21:32 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: bestintxas

“They say that “Biden” could help explain how the solar system was formed.”

I hope somebody has the camera rolling when they ask him!


7 posted on 03/27/2014 1:21:53 PM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: bestintxas

Hmmmm, well Biden certainly is “far out” and spacy and of brain quite small!


8 posted on 03/27/2014 1:22:08 PM PDT by Rich21IE
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To: bestintxas

“Biden is quite small at 280 miles in diameter”

Now that’s a full figured lard ball and that’s just his
head.


9 posted on 03/27/2014 1:22:21 PM PDT by Slambat
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To: bestintxas
Scientists Nickname Planet-Like Object 'Biden'

Maybe we can send Idiot Joe back to his home planet.

10 posted on 03/27/2014 1:23:48 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Who but a TYRANT shoves down another man's throat what he has exempted himself from?)
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To: Sacajaweau

Awesome!


11 posted on 03/27/2014 1:24:13 PM PDT by namvolunteer (Obama says the US is subservient to the UN and the Constitution does not apply. That is treason.r)
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To: bestintxas

I’m sure planet Biden looks just like Uranus.


12 posted on 03/27/2014 1:25:14 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Sacajaweau

‘Your Anus’ was already taken.


13 posted on 03/27/2014 1:25:16 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: bestintxas

They named the Pink Planet after a Pinko.................


14 posted on 03/27/2014 1:26:05 PM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: bestintxas

Once again, Biden is left outside the inner circle.


15 posted on 03/27/2014 1:26:20 PM PDT by CrappieLuck
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To: Sacajaweau

BANISHED!


16 posted on 03/27/2014 1:28:28 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: bestintxas

Everything is politics for leftists


17 posted on 03/27/2014 1:29:43 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: bestintxas

Biden: Way, way out.


18 posted on 03/27/2014 1:30:40 PM PDT by Heartlander2
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To: bestintxas

Well, after Pluto should come Goofy, but I guess Biden is close enough.


19 posted on 03/27/2014 1:33:09 PM PDT by wattsgnu
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To: Beagle8U

Al Gore can do a better job explaining this but I can give you the short version...It’s kinda like the blast of a shotgun...


20 posted on 03/27/2014 1:35:04 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: bestintxas
How do you get to minus 430 degrees Fahrenheit? I thought absolute zero was minus 273 degrees Fahrenheit. As you add heat energy you can keep increasing the temperature, but if you remove all the heat energy, you can't go any lower than absolute zero.
21 posted on 03/27/2014 1:35:07 PM PDT by Teotwawki (For a person to get a thing without paying for it, another must pay for it without getting it.)
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To: bestintxas

At first glance I thought it said “plant-like object” and that made sense, too.


22 posted on 03/27/2014 1:35:07 PM PDT by PLMerite
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To: CrappieLuck

.....VP Biden is Ready to go

"Barack is sending me on a mission to check out the asteroid named after me...(Singing) The pink space rock, the sun's friendliest plan-et... "

23 posted on 03/27/2014 1:36:57 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: bestintxas

No identifiable intelligence there, so it’s a good name.


24 posted on 03/27/2014 1:38:54 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: bestintxas

Of no importance and devoid of anything but temperature...sounds like the perfect name.


25 posted on 03/27/2014 1:39:11 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: bestintxas

Is it a big flaming ball of gas?


26 posted on 03/27/2014 1:42:22 PM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: bestintxas

they’ve discovered something very dense.


27 posted on 03/27/2014 1:44:09 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: bestintxas

...because it’s so dense?


28 posted on 03/27/2014 1:47:35 PM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: Teotwawki

Celsius


29 posted on 03/27/2014 1:50:43 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Teotwawki

I think absolute zero is actually -273 Celsius, or about -460 Fahrenheit.


30 posted on 03/27/2014 1:50:46 PM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: VRWCmember

It must be full of baloney, too.


31 posted on 03/27/2014 1:51:17 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: WayneS

Yeah, I get about -459.4F. If I typed correctly.


32 posted on 03/27/2014 1:52:53 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: bestintxas
Biden is quite small at 280 miles in diameter, and scientists say it could be dwarf planet

I'd say more so a Dummy planet, gravitationally bound to another dummy object ...

33 posted on 03/27/2014 1:53:49 PM PDT by mikrofon (Members of the "$oros System")
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To: bestintxas

Slow Joe has the computing power of a box of rocks at absolute zero!


34 posted on 03/27/2014 1:55:53 PM PDT by PTBAA
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To: bestintxas

” But astronomers have nicknamed the newly discovered planet-like object on the edge of the solar system “Biden.””

Because it’s spinning off it’s axis...


35 posted on 03/27/2014 1:57:11 PM PDT by Tallguy
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To: bestintxas
No intelligent life.
Wanders around the solar system like a drunk.
Orbit is as far from reality as you can imagine.
A cold and desolate frozen rock of no importance.

We'll call it Biden! Genius!

36 posted on 03/27/2014 2:01:41 PM PDT by eggman (End the Obama occupation of the White House!)
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To: topher

Named Biden, because like Biden, it out there!


37 posted on 03/27/2014 2:03:33 PM PDT by grobur
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To: bestintxas
how about just LOST IN SPACE...

.. kinda describes ol’ Plagiarizing Plugs pretty well, huh?

38 posted on 03/27/2014 2:03:34 PM PDT by Kodos the Executioner (.. the revolution is successful, but survival depends upon drastic measures..")
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To: bestintxas
Biden, I knew was way out there, but not that far.

Just wondering, where is Planet Ronald W. Reagan? I think planet Obama is getting the run around from planet Putin.

39 posted on 03/27/2014 2:07:27 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: bestintxas

Because he and it are dim....


40 posted on 03/27/2014 2:11:00 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: bestintxas

Not a planet.

Just a big ball of gas


41 posted on 03/27/2014 2:14:33 PM PDT by digger48
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To: VRWCmember

damn.

I knew I shoulda read all the comments first.


42 posted on 03/27/2014 2:15:27 PM PDT by digger48
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To: bestintxas

Biden, spaced out.


43 posted on 03/27/2014 2:28:34 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault
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To: bestintxas

In recognition and acknowledgement of “Shotgun Joe” aka “Plugs” Biden being a VP-like object?


44 posted on 03/27/2014 2:39:32 PM PDT by elteemike (Light travels faster than sound...That's why so many people appear bright until you hear them speak!)
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To: MNDude

“they’ve discovered something very dense.”

Actually, it’s hollow!


45 posted on 03/27/2014 2:46:07 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: bestintxas

2012 VP-113 is insulted by the nickname. It has a much higher IQ.


46 posted on 03/27/2014 2:46:30 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: bestintxas

based on its density?


47 posted on 03/27/2014 2:51:28 PM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: bestintxas

is it a gas planet?


48 posted on 03/27/2014 2:52:24 PM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: bestintxas
"Stand Up Chuck"

49 posted on 03/27/2014 3:03:11 PM PDT by DannyTN ( .)
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To: Sacajaweau

It’s very dense and spins like a top.


50 posted on 03/27/2014 3:39:34 PM PDT by JaguarXKE (1973: Reporters investigate All the President's Men. 2013: Reporters ARE all the President's men)
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