Astronomers Discover 'Farout' Dwarf Planet at Edge of Our Solar System

December 20, 2018

Our simplistic nine-planet view of the solar system was shattered years ago when scientists learned Pluto was not unique in the outer solar system. We have since discovered more “dwarf planets,” and an international team of astronomers has just spotted the most distant such planetoid yet. The object known as “Farout” is 120 times farther from the sun than Earth, putting it far beyond the orbit of Pluto. There is some hope that learning more about Farout could point the way to a true ninth planet.