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Astronomers meet the most distant object in our solar system

Astronomers have discovered the farthest known object in our solar system – and they have named the pink cosmic body "Farout".

The International Astronomical Union Minor Planet Center announced the search on Monday.

"Farout" has about 120 astronomical units, which is 120 times the distance between the earth and the sun, or 18 billion kilometers. The earlier record was a miniature planter Eris 96 in an astronomical unit.

The distances to the sunset to the scale show the newly discovered 2018 VG18 "Farout" compared to other known solar objects. (Roberto Molar Candanosa / Scott S. Sheppard / Carnegie Institution for Science)

According to Carnegie Institute Scott Sheppard, the object is so far away and it moves so slowly that it takes a few years to determine its orbit. At this distance, the sun may turn over for more than 1000 years.

Astronomers spied the dwarfing protocol in November using a telescope in Hawaii.

It is estimated to be 500 kilometers.

Discovery Images 2018 VG18 "Farout" Subaru Telescope on November 10, 2018. Farout moves between the two discovery images when background stars and galaxies do not switch between images within one hour. (Scott S. Sheppard / David Tholen)

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