Farout and other distant bodies seem to move in a odd harmony best explained by the existence of an as-yet-unseen massive planet beyond Neptune in the Solar System. Or to put it in Big Lebowski terms: "It's far out, man; far f%^#ing out".
The International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center announced Farout's discovery on Monday, December 17th, 2018.
And there's a good chance there's many more of these distant, unknown objects out there.
Pluto is now at about 34 AU, making 2018 VG18 more than three-and-a-half times more distant than the solar system'smost-famous dwarf planet.
"All that we now know about 2018 VG18 is its extreme distance from the Sun, its approximate diameter, and its color", said David Tholen, one of the discoverers and an astronomer at the University of Hawaii, according to the statement. They said Farout is moving so slowly that it might need more than 1,000 years for a single orbit of the sun.
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Sheppard and his colleagues suspect that Farout is a 300-mile-wide dwarf planet similar in makeup to the Saturnian moon Enceladus, based on a pinkish color that's typically associated with ice-rich objects.
The discovery images of 2018 VG18, nicknamed 'Farout, ' were taken at the Subaru Telescope located atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii on November 10, 2018.
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This image provided by the Carnegie Institution for Science shows an artist's concept of a dwarf planet that astronomers say is the farthest known object in our solar system, which they have nicknamed 'Farout'. The team hasn't determined 2018 VG18's orbit, so they don't know if its orbit shows signs of influence from Planet X.
"I said 'far out!' when I discovered it, and it's a very far out object", said astronomer Scott Shepard from the Carnegie Institution for Science, as quoted by New Scientist.
He added that "Farout" moves at about 2 km/s in its orbit, much slower than Earth's speed of about 30 km/s. For comparison, Pluto is roughly 34 astronomical units (or AU) from the Sun, and Eris, the previous "farthest known object in the solar system" is 96 AU from the Sun.
Extremely far space objects, such as "Farout", could give clues to what's happening on the edge of the solar system. But the researchers who found it are calling it "Farout".
Trujillo hailed the global nature of the discovery, which involved telescopes in Hawaii and Chile owned and operated by Japan, and researchers based in the US.
It's estimated that it takes over a thousand years for Farout to complete a single orbit, which is pretty slow. A new wide-angle digital cameras are on some of the world's largest telescopes.
Farout was discovered as part of the search for the elusive Planet Nine, sometimes called Planet X. This hypothetical planet is thought to exist in the outer reaches of the Solar System because of the way other Kuiper Belt objects are orientated.