Farfarout is… Well… Farfarout.

How far out is Farfarout? Well, we found out. This dwarf planet is really far, far out.

A look at how the distance of Farfarout compares to other objects in the Solar System. Image credit: NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/J. da Silva

Deep in the dark, frigid expanse of the outer solar system, Farfarout slowly orbits the distant Sun, taking 1,000 years to complete each lonely orbit. First discovered in 1997 by astronomers at the Subaru eight-meter telescope on Maunakea in Hawaii, details of this frozen world are just now being revealed.

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