Astronomers confirm orbit of most distant object ever discovered in our solar system — nicknamed "Farfarout"
This illustration imagines what the distant object nicknamed "Farfarout" might look like in the outer reaches of our Solar System. Farfarout is shown in the lower right, while the sun appears in the upper left. The Milky Way stretches diagonally across the background. NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/J. da Silva
The minor planet, officially designated 2018 AG37, is almost four times farther from the sun than Pluto. It is the most distant planetoid ever detected in our solar system, researchers announced this week.
Farfarout was first detected in 2018, beating out the previous record-holder, "Farout." The team, responsible for both discoveries, has an ongoing survey to map the outer solar system.
After being discovered at the Subary 8-meter telescope atop Maunakea in Hawaii, astronomers used the Gemini North and Mageallan telescopes to track its orbit over the past few years. In a few more years, when its orbit has been further tracked, Farfarout will be given an official name.
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