Carnegie Institution for Science's Scott S. Sheppard, David Tholen from the University of Hawaii, and Northern Arizona University's Chad Trujillo found an object in the solar system appropriately named "Farout."
For the first time, an object in our solar system has been found more than 100 times farther than Earth is from the sun.The International Astronomical+3602 Union's Minor Planet Center are calling the Farout a dwarf Planet. It appears to be around 310 miles across and looks pinkish in color. Apparently Farout isn't in any big hurry to get anywhere either. With it's slow orbit speed it will take the object over 1,000 years to cruise around the son.
Farout will get there when Farout gets there.
To get an idea of how far out Farout is, the sun is roughly 93 million miles away from us. That distance is called an astronomical unit (AU). Farout is 120 AU's away! For perspective Pluto is 34 AU away. Let that sink in.
And if that weren't cool enough, Farout is pink. Twitter is already enamored. (Even if Pluto isn't.)
@cnnbrk "Bitch, don't even try to join the team." - Pluto— Jarrett Bellini (@Jarrett Bellini)1545071403.0
@cnnbrk Should we rename Mercury “Nearin”?— Jandad (@Jandad)1545071932.0
@cnnbrk 1,000 Earth years = 1 Farout year— Ricardo (@Ricardo)1545071659.0
@cnnbrk There are no dwarf planets only small astronomers. #PlutoIsAPlanet— conscientious objector (@conscientious objector)1545075609.0
People are still stinging over the downgrading of Pluto.
@cnnbrk NASA did Pluto dirty https://t.co/4KSLRfrxAq— assasinn (@assasinn)1545087509.0
@cnnbrk If Pluto ain't a planet anymore, that thing DEFINITELY doesn't deserve to be called a planet, dwarf or no dwarf!!!!!!!!!!11!!1!!!!— Freylis (@Freylis)1545104627.0
And they are loving the appropriate name.
@cnnbrk @ChrisEvans Hmmm, wonder how that naming process went:... *munching on pretzels* "Hey, I got a super cool n… https://t.co/YirNAeXz9f— Angie (@Angie)1545088155.0
@cnnbrk https://t.co/bolHjxofvp— drew bahen (@drew bahen)1545072609.0
@cnnbrk We’re astronomers smoking dope when they made this discovery? “Faaarouutt man” https://t.co/2QL9e3906d— G✇✇DNE$$ (@G✇✇DNE$$)1545096889.0
@cnnbrk @ChrisEvans It’s been waiting from 60’s to be Foundout— Gareth Roberts (@Gareth Roberts)1545089879.0
@cnnbrk @ValaAfshar Is Farout next to Planet Chong?— Shane Adams (@Shane Adams)1545096052.0
@cnnbrk Love the name!! Farout🚀— Fawnie/ Carol (@Fawnie/ Carol)1545071488.0
@cnnbrk https://t.co/OHUP02m0rf— Dan Ackerly (@Dan Ackerly)1545071993.0
People were tripping out on the vast Universe.
@cnnbrk In the midst of our political, social and economic turmoil here on earth, it's good to be reminded that we… https://t.co/8dmeNzlZch— sharelle toomey (@sharelle toomey)1545166002.0
@cnnbrk @ChrisEvans saw this like a hour ago and i'm STILL in awe.— I Can Do This All Day💥🥊 (@I Can Do This All Day💥🥊)1545100129.0
@cnnbrk I just find it amazing that an object 500 km (300 mi) in diameter & more than 18 billion km (11 billion mi)… https://t.co/f6jH2jz0J0— Ian (@Ian)1545071987.0
@cnnbrk @ChrisEvans A Fellow #ScienceGeek. #Farout Really puts life into perspective. ☄️— Robyn 🏰🚝 🎄🎅🏻 (@Robyn 🏰🚝 🎄🎅🏻)1545096624.0
@cnnbrk @ChrisEvans Most interesting thing about is it’s orbit has yet to be determined! So cool!!— Ruth English (@Ruth English)1545162672.0
@cnnbrk @ChrisEvans Wow !!! It sounds completely surreal and fantastic in this vast universe ...— leti ti (@leti ti)1545142863.0
Space is cool.