The furthest object from the Solar System that we have identified to date
For a long time we thought that Pluto it was the most distant object we knew of in the Solar System. With better telescopes and technologies in general the advances in astronomy have been enormous. This has allowed, among other things, to discover that in reality the farthest object it’s not pluto, it is actually Farfarout.
Farfarout is the “friendly” name astronomers have given this object because it is far far outThat is, very, very far away. However, its technical name is 2018 AG37 and as it implies, fwas discovered for the first time in 2018. Now, what do we know about Farfarout?
Farfarout was first discovered in January 2018 thanks to the Subaru Telescope. Keep in mind that it is a small object that does not emit its own light, so finding it and determining exactly what it is and what its trajectory is is no easy task. Now with new studies it has been possible to get to know him better.
But what is Farfarout? It is a “small” object with approximately 400 kilometers wide. It is much smaller than any recognized dwarf planet, so it cannot easily fall into this category. Pluto has indeed been affected by these categories.
20 billion kilometers away
Farfarout has been identified as the most distant object in the Solar System. To determine this, the distance from the Sun has been taken into account. A distance of 132 astronomical units, this is outrageous as far as distance is concerned. The Earth is 1 astronomical unit from the Sun, so Farfarout translated into kilometers It is located about 20,000 million kilometers.
A curiosity about this is that Farfarout actually it does not always have the title of the “farthest object in the Solar System”. Since objects orbiting the Sun do not always follow a perfectly circular orbit, they are not always at the same distance. For example, the Earth part of the year is further from the Sun while the other is closer. The same is true with Farfarout and with an extremely large orbit the difference is much greater.
At its furthest point in the elliptical orbit Farfarout moves about 175 astronomical units away from the Sun. Its orbit lasts approximately one thousand Earth years and at its closest point it goes from 175 astronomical units to just 27 astronomical units. This means that it is much closer to the Sun, even closer than Neptune.