Morgan McFall-Johnsen 20 hours ago
- Astronomers discovered a planetoid orbiting the sun further than any known object in the solar system.
- Called “Farfarout,” the object orbits the sun every 1,000 years.
- Objects like Farfarout could help astronomers figure out whethera massive planethides in the outskirts of our solar system.
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Astronomers have discovered the most distant object ever found in our solar system.
The planetoid — the term for a small chunk of rock or dust or ice orbiting the sun — is appropriately nicknamed “Farfarout,” after the previous record-holder, “Farout,” which was discovered by the same astronomers in 2018. After years of observing the object’s trajectory across the sky, that team of researchers announced on Wednesday that they could confidently say Farfarout is, well, much farther out than any solar-system object seen…
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