At a surprising distance from the sun, astronomers have just found what, in their opinion, may be the most distant object ever identified in the Solar System. mass distance up to 140 astronomical units (AU), which puts it 3.5 times farther than Pluto.
Her predecessor, a dwarf planet, opened late last year in orbit 120 AU, received the nickname FarOut. Of course, the new item is FarFarOut.
The discovery was made by Scott Sheppard of the Carnegie Endowment for Science, who is looking for a mysterious Planet X. He and his colleagues have not yet found the giant's hypothesis. – But they find a lot more.
Was FarOut. Last year, they announced the discovery of another dwarf planet ̵
He then noticed something – a tiny 20 billion kilometer (12 billion miles) from the Sun. He announced the opening in his postponed conversation (you can skip to 39:30 for the relevant part, but the whole conversation is great). Snow, so I did not have to do anything, so I went to look for some of our old data … and actually found this only last night.
– Justin-in-Tour (@cephalopernicus) February 22, 2019
We still do not know much about FarOut. Because it's so … far, its orbit is incredibly large, so it will take at least a year or two to understand.
We know even less about FarFarOut. , but the team plans to follow the mysterious scene further so we can learn more about it.
Discovering these incredibly distant objects is really cool, but understanding them is really helpful. the search for Planet X, which is believed to go beyond the AU 200.
As we have seen with the Goblin, since the orbits of these distant objects can be influenced by a hypothetical planet, they can serve as a pointing device
" These distant objects are similar to what we are transforming into Planet X, "Sheppard said last year."
"The more they can be found, the better we can understand the external solar system and the possible planet for which we believe that shaping their orbits is a discovery that would redefine our knowledge of the evolution of the Sun with isteme probably on l east several months from writing in paper. But we can not wait to hear that future observations show a lonely little thing.