The team that spotted what is believed to a dwarf planet have nicknamed their discovery 'Biden.' But unless the IAU changes its rules or the Vice President somehow attains mythological apotheosis, it will end up being named something else.
New technique for sifting data from NASA's Kepler planet-hunting mission nearly doubles the number of confirmed planets so far. Of the new batch of 715, only four have certain Earth-like characteristics.
Alien Neptune like planets discovered by NASA's Kepler spacecraft have masses and densities ranging between one and four times the size of Earth. Most of these 'mini-Neptunes' have a rocky core surrounded by a hydrogen- and helium-rich envelope.