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Planet Biden: Scientists Nickname New Dwarf Planet After The VP

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Co-discoverers Chad Trujillo, an astronomer at Gemini Observatory in Hilo, Hawaii and Scott Sheppard, an astronomer at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., said that the discovery could help scientists better understand how the solar system came into existence.

"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."

Scientists discovered a similar object, Sedna, about a decade ago.