Scientists have discovered the most distant object known in our solar system, so remote and Strange That they chose the nickname”Farout” for the slow-moving, icy, pinkish dwarf planet about 120 to 130 times
Astronomer Scott Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution for Science at Washington said on Tuesday the dwarf planet, formally designated as 2018 VG18, is projected to have a diameter of 310 to 375 kilometers (500 to 600 kilometers ).
There are approximately 50 dwarf planets in the solar system. The largest will be Pluto, with a diameter of approximately 1,470 kilometers (2,370 kilometers ), and Eris, with a diameter of approximately 1,445 kilometers (2,325 kilometers ).
“When I saw the object for the very first time, it was moving slowly, it was the slowest thing I have ever noticed. So I kind of muttered to myself,’Far out,” kind of like,’That is cool.’ However, it’s also a very-far-out object in distance, so that is why I went with calling it’Farout,'” Sheppard said.
Its discovery has been announced on Monday by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center.
Solar System distances to scale showing Farout in comparison to other Solar System objectsPhoto Credit: Roberto Molar Candanosa/Scott S. Sheppard/Carnegie Institution for Science
“We do not know a lot of about it,” Sheppard added. “We only detected it a month. From its brightness, we can determine its own dimensions. We all know its own colour. It has a pinkish, reddish hue to it. If you place ices out there and you also irradiate them out of the solar power over time, ices turn type of a reddish, pinkish colour. So we think its surface is probably ice-covered.”
Sheppard along with other scientists seen Farout during their hunt for extremely remote solar system objects such as a potential Planet X that he said may be five to ten times the size of Earth. In 2014, these researchers proposed the existence of a ninth significant planet at the outer reaches of the solar system.
They said Farout is moving so slowly that it might need more than 1,000 years for a single orbit of the sun.
The second-most-distant observed Solar System thing is Eris, which broadcasts at roughly 96 times the distance of the Sun to the Earth. Pluto orbits at about 34 times the distance of Earth from the Sun.