Farthest object in solar system 'Farout' discovered


• Scientists have discovered the most-distant body ever observed in our solar system, located over 100 times farther than Earth is from the Sun.

• The new object, discovered by Scott S Sheppard from Carnegie Institution for Science, David Tholen from the University of Hawaii and Chad Trujillo from Northern Arizona University in the US, has been given the provisional designation 2018 VG18.

2018 VG18, nicknamed 'Farout' by the team for its extremely distant location, is at about 120 astronomical units (AU), where 1 AU is defined as the distance between the Earth and the Sun.

• The second-most-distant observed solar system object is Eris, at about 96 AU.

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