Astronomers now confirm that the asteroid, the small planet, 2018 AG37 is by far the most distant object ever detected in our solar system.
The 2018 AG37 was discovered two years ago and dubbed “Farfarout” when it was suspected that it could be the most distant celestial body in our solar system. Now this has been confirmed, which also means Farout, 2018 VG18, is losing the title as the most distant object in the solar system.
Farfarout is 132 AU from the sun while Farout “only” is 120 AU from the sun. 1 AU, an astronomical unit, corresponds to the Earth’s distance from the Sun, which is about 150 million km. This means that farfruit when it is farther from the sun is 132 times farther from the sun 132 times from our planet.
The distance to Farfarout also means that astronomers have not yet planned the exact orbit of the planet around the sun, but in the image above you can see an elementary orbit. Farfarout takes about a thousand years to revolutionize the sun, says astronomer David Tholen:
“It takes one thousand years orbit of Farfarot around the sun. Because of this long orbital period, it moves very slowly across the sky, requiring many years of observations to precisely determine its path.”