Astronomers Just Spotted The Solar System’s Farthest Known Object

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A brand new cosmic body has just been discovered. Astronomers have just spotted the farthest known object that is in our solar system. They have nicknamed it the pink cosmic body “Farout.”

The International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center accounted this great discovery yesterday, December 17.

It seems that Farout is about 120 astronomical units away. In other words, this translates in 120 times the distance between Earth and the Sun, or 11 billion miles.

It’s also important to note that the previous record-holder was the dwarf planet Eris at 96 astronomical units. Pluto, by comparison, is 34 astronomical units away.

The Carnegie Institution’s Scott Sheppard said the object is extremely far away and it’s moving really slowly.

For this reason, it will take a few years to determine its orbit.

Sheppard and his team spied the dwarf planet in November using a telescope in Hawaii. Their finding was confirmed by a telescope in Chile.

“I actually uttered ”farout“ when I first found this object, because I immediately noticed from its slow movement that it must be far out there,” Sheppard wrote in an email.

“It is the slowest moving object I have ever seen and is really out there.”

Not too many details are known so far

The object appears to be round, and it’s estimated to have about 310 miles or 500 km. The pink shade that it has indicated that the object is rich in ice. Apart from these details, there’s nothing else known about it so far.

This discovery came right when experts have been searching for the hypothetical Planet X. this is a massive planet which is believed to be orbiting the sun from enormous distances, even from beyond Pluto.

Planet X, also known as Planet Nine, is an undiscovered Super Earth that could have a mass up to 10 times the one of our planet. NASA says that this is only theoretical for now.


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