Scott Sheppard, an astronomer, has spotted what is considered to be the most distant object in our solar system. The heavenly body, that has been declared a dwarf planet, is roughly 4 times as far away from the Sun as Pluto. The discovery was announced on Monday by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Centre.
By measuring how slowly the body moved around the sun, Sheppard and his colleagues were able to calculate that it is 120AU from the sun which is roughly 4 times that of Pluto (34AU). AU or Astronomical Units is the distance between the Earth and the Sun.
The body is officially named 2018VG18 and appropriately nicknamed “Farout”. Farout is 500-600 kilometers around which is big enough to be considered a dwarf planet. Sheppard and his team’s goal is to figure out the body’s exact orbit and whether the gravitation of large planets like Jupiter, Saturn, etc. effect it’s