Astronomers have recently discovered the solar system’s most distant object, thus far, which they creatively nicknamed “FarFarOut.” It is 3.5 times more distant than Pluto (140 times farther away than the Earth from the sun). The proposed distance for Planet 9, according to Greg Laughlin, an astronomer at Yale University is, “[the] best estimate for its [planet 9’s] current position and brightness put it about 950 times farther than Earth from the Sun.” For now, Planet 9 remains an elusive possibility as we continue to explore what lies on the fringes of our own solar system and galaxy.
New Year’s Day was especially exciting this year as New Horizons flew by its latest target, Ultima Thule. Previously, scientists did not have enough information on this tiny world, but even a few weeks after the flyby, New Horizons has sent valuable data about this world and how it may have formed.
Space elevators have always been science fiction, but it may soon be possible to construct them. The concept existed for over a hundred years and experienced many different iterations. Nowadays, companies are beginning to research materials that could be used in a future space elevator.