Scientists spot solar systemís farthest known object, nickname it 'Farout'


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Scientists spot solar systemís farthest known object, nickname it 'Farout'
Associated Press
Published:
December 17, 2018
Updated:
December 17, 2018 4:25 PM EST
This image provided by the Carnegie Institution for Science shows an artist's concept of a dwarf planet that astronomers say is the farthest known object in our solar system, which they have nicknamed "Farout." The International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center announced the discovery of the pink cosmic body Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (Roberto Molar Candanosa/Carnegie Institution for Science via AP)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. ó Astronomers have spotted the farthest known object in our solar system ó and theyíve nicknamed the pink cosmic body ďFarout.Ē
The International Astronomical Unionís Minor Planet Center announced the discovery Monday.
ďFaroutĒ (pronounced far-out) is about 120 astronomical units away ó thatís 120 times the distance between Earth and the sun, or 11 billion miles. The previous record-holder was the dwarf planet Eris at 96 astronomical units.
The Carnegie Institutionís Scott Sheppard says the object is so far away and moving so slowly it will take a few years to determine its orbit. At that distance, it could take more than 1,000 years to orbit the sun.
The astronomers spied the dwarf planet in November using a telescope in Hawaii.
Itís an estimated 500 kilometres (310 miles) across.

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Is that the same sun that can only light up 1/2 the earth at one time because it is so weak??