Researchers have discovered the most distant object known in our solar system, so remote and unusual they Picked the nickname”Farout” for Its slow-moving, icy, pinkish dwarf planet about 120 to 130 times
Astronomer Scott Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington stated on Tuesday the dwarf planet, formally designated as 2018 VG18, is projected to have a diameter of 310 to 375 kilometers (500 to 600 km).
There are approximately 50 dwarf planets in the solar system. The biggest will be Pluto, with a diameter of about 1,470 miles (2,370 km), and Eris, with a diameter of approximately 1,445 kilometers (2,325 kilometers ).
“When I saw the object for the first time, it was going slowly, it was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. I sort of muttered to myself,’Far ,” sort of like,’That is cool.’ However, it’s also a very-far-out thing in space, so that’s why I went with calling it’Farout,'” Sheppard explained.
“We don’t know a lot of about it,” Sheppard added. “We only detected it last month. From its brightness, we can determine its size. We all know its colour. It’s a pinkish, reddish hue to it. If you put ices out there and you irradiate them out of the solar radiation over time, ices turn kind of a reddish, pinkish shade. We believe its surface is probably ice-covered.”
Sheppard and other scientists spotted Farout during their hunt for extremely distant solar system objects including an expected Planet X that he said may be five to 10 times the size of Earth. In 2014, these researchers proposed the existence of a ninth major planet at the outer reaches of the solar system.
They said Farout is moving so slowly that it might need over 1,000 years for one orbit of the sun.
The second-most-distant observed Solar System thing is Eris, which orbits at about 96 times the distance of the Sun to the Earth. Pluto orbits at about 34 times the distance of Earth from Sunlight.