For most people, snowy days are not very productive. Some people, however, use the time to discover the most remote object in the Solar System.
That's what Scott Sheppard, an astronomer at the Carnegie Institution in Washington, DC, did this week when the snow flood closed the city. The captivating public performance he was supposed to do was detained, so he went down and did what he was doing better: shedding telescopic views of the solar system's bands that his team had taken last month to look for the hypothesis of the giants of the giant planet. 19659005] It was then that he saw him, a weak object 140 times from the Sun than Earth – the farthest object of the Solar System, known as 3.5 times more than Pluto. This issue, if verified, is a scam "is the actual discovery of its team, announced in December, of a dwarf planet 120 times farther than the Earth, which they called" Farout. " They are now jokingly called the new FarFarOut object. "It's hot from the press," he said during the postponement of the talks on February 21st.
For most of the decade, Sheppard and his collaborators – Chad Trujillo of the University of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff and Dave Tolen from the University of Hawaii in Mana – methodically purified the night sky with some of the most powerful and wide-angle telescopes in the world. Their persistent search attracted four of the most famous objects known for 9 billion kilometers from the Sun
This is not a collection of stamps. Clustering in orbits of these objects can serve as indicators of the impact of the Planet of the Dead. Like Farout, the FarFarOut orbit is not yet known; Until it happens, it is unknown whether it will remain far enough away from the rest of the solar system to be free of gravitational tugs of giant planets. If this happens, then the two will be able to join other open-ended Sheppard's recent recent discoveries, the "Goblin," which is in line with the forecasts of the possible orbit of the Planet Dev.
For the determination of the orbits of Faratu and FarFarut it will take several years. they will provide more evidence. Meanwhile, almost every new month, Sheppard returns in search of his desired telescopes: a 4-meter Blanco in Chile and a Subaru 8-meter in Hawaii. He flies to Chile next week, and Hawaii – in a week.