Scientists have discovered the most distant object in our solar system so far


The farthest body observed to date in our solar system has been detected by American astrophysicists. It is the first object of our system detected at a distance more than 100 times greater than that of the Earth with respect to the Sun.

The object named 2018 VG18 has been given the nickname “Farout” because of its extremely remote location, at a distance of about 120 astronomical units (AU). An astronomical unit is defined as the distance between the Earth and the Sun. To date, the most distant solar system object was Eris, located at about 96 AU.

By comparison, Pluto is about 34 AU. Farout is more than three and a half times more distant than the dwarf planet. It was discovered by researchers at the Carnegie Institute for Science as part of research to find the possible ninth planet, the famous planet X.

Last October, the same team detected another object far removed from the Sun, well beyond Neptune. This object located at about 80 AU had been nicknamed “the Goblin”.

2018 VG18 is much farther away and moves much slower than any other object in the solar system observed to date. It will take scientists a few years to completely determine its orbit.

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While current simulations about the existence of these celestial bodies do not prove that there is another massive planet in our system, they are nonetheless proof that something huge is in its confines, say the researchers.

Emy Torres

Emy holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan and currently freelances part-time for The Talking Democrat.