In an unexpected cosmic twist, a newly discovered Trans-Neptunian object attained the title of the most distant body in the Solar System, dethroning the previous record holder Farout, discovered in early January, even stealing (or borrowing/inspired by, choose your own adventure here) its name, which the same team behind Farout’s discovery dubbed, wait for it, FARFAROUT. How original, though it gets a pass since the same team discovered both objects.

Astronomers Scott Sheppard, David Tholen, and Chad Trujillo announced their discovery in a press release on February 21, 2019. They found FarFarOut during their hunt for the hypothetical super-earth sized Planet Nine, thought to exist in the far fringes of our Solar System, influencing the odd orbits of several objects in the Kuiper Belt. They made their discovery at Subaru, the flagship telescope of the National Astronomic Observatory of Japan at the Muana Kea Observatory in Hawaii.

FarFarOut (in a galaxy far far away) is estimated to be 140 AU from the sun, further that it’s namesake brother FarOut at 120 AU. Little else is known about the object, as it is the farthest known object in our Solar System, well out of our reach, but only time will tell if there’s anything else out there…. Like the hypothetical Planet Nine for instance.

Credit: Dr. Hideaki Fujiwara – Subaru Telescope, NAOJ

Credit: Scott Sheppard/Carnegie Institution for Science

Artist’s concept of a hypothetical planet orbiting far from the Sun. Credit: Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC)