It was not so long ago that astronomers discovered the presence of one of the farthest objects in our solar system. The object, 2018 VG18, was nicknamed "FarOut" by the researchers who discovered it.
Unfortunately, the thing about naming space objects is that someday someone will find one that is taller, faster, or in this area is farther away than the previous record holder. That's exactly what happened with FarOut, which is now the farthest object in the system, and the new record holder also needed a catchy nickname. It's called FarFarOut.
FarFarOut was discovered by Scott Sheppard, a scientist from the Carnegie Institution for Science. Sheppard is part of a team looking for the mysterious "missing" planet at the edge of our solar system called Planet X, but the data his team collected revealed the very existence of something completely different.
Sheppard presented his findings in a live lecture and named the FarFarOut object because it was far farther from the Sun than FarOut. The latter is believed to be 120 astronomical units (1 AU = distance from the Sun to Earth), while FarFarOut is estimated to be about 140 AU from the Sun.
As explained by Sheppard CNN . an additional observation is required to finally determine how far the object is from the sun.
"We need to re-watch the object to confirm that it is far out," Sheppard CNN said. "At the moment, we only watched Farfarout for 24 hours. These discovery observations show that Farfarout is about 140 AU, but it could also be somewhere between 130 and 150 AU. "
Objects like FarOut and now FarFarOut are often hidden from the sun because of their distance, to cover them up in the darkness and allow them to remain so weak that modern telescope technology often can not recognize them. FarFarOut is not the only object, but it is now the farthest object we know.