FAROUT PLANET LIVES UP TO ITS NICKNAME

Dec 17, 2018

By Michael Kramer

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Some great news for planet-hunters.

The International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center says astronomers have spotted the farthest known object in our solar system – a pink cosmic body nicknamed “Farout.”

And how far-out is it?

Well…the object is situated at about 120 times the distance between Earth and the sun – or approximately 11 billion miles.

The Carnegie Institution says the size of the object is estimated to be about 500 kilometres across – and it’s so far away and moving so slowly – that it will take a few years to determine its orbit.

The experts also say at that distance – it could take more than 1,000 years to orbit the sun.

Scientists located the dwarf planet in November – using a telescope in Hawaii.

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