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Thousand-year orbit : far out there: Extreme dwarf planet in the solar system discovered

astronomers have discovered the most distant object in the solar system to humankind of previously known. The presumably bullet-shaped object was provisionally christened "2018 VG18", and bears the nickname of "Farout", which literally translates as "far out" means. The Minor Planet Center of the international astronomers Union, IAU announced the discovery on Monday (local time).

A dwarf planet like Pluto

The object has an estimated diameter of 500 kilometres, which would correspond to about a tenth of mercury, the smallest planet in the solar system. Farout would be a dwarf planet like Pluto, has a diameter of about 2400 km. He also has a pink hue, which is mostly associated with ice. Because of its great distance could Farout need for more than 1000 years to circle the sun once.

The distance between the sun and the earth is called the astronomical unit (AU), which corresponds to approximately 150 million kilometers. Farout is about 120 AU, the dwarf planet Eris 96 AU, and Pluto 34 AU. Discovered the previously unknown object had three astronomers from Washington, Hawaii and Arizona. The first shots had been delivered to a telescope in Hawaii, to an Observatory in Chile, Farout has been spotted again.

Discovered with the wide-angle digital cameras

"We're finally going to explore the edges of our solar system, far beyond Pluto," said Chad Trujillo, one of the three explorers, the Carnegie Institution for Science, according to. A new wide-angle digital cameras are on some of the world's largest telescopes. The telescope, made the first recordings of Farout, Japan with a consortium of universities in the USA and several research facilities. (dpa)

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