Dec 17, 2018
By Michael Kramer
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.