A new dwarf planet found is located at the edge of our solar system in what researchers are deeming the “wasteland” area — with no idea yet how it was formed.
The planet is farther away than dwarf planet Pluto (no longer considered a major planet by NASA) and its outer orbit defines a new edge of the solar system.
The dwarf planet’s current name is 2012 VP113, and it is located in a “wasteland or badland of the solar system,” said astronomer Chad Trujillo, head of adaptive optics at Gemini Observatory in Hawaii and co-discoverer of this object. His study was published Wednesday in the journal Nature.
The most distant major planet from the sun is Neptune, orbiting our star at a distance of 30 astronomical units. One astronomical unit is the average distance between the Earth and the sun — about 150 million kilometers, or 93 million miles.
Space fans know that after Neptune is the Kuiper Belt, a doughnut-shaped ring of what is likely hundreds of thousands of large icy objects and trillions of comets.
Pluto lies in the Kuiper Belt as does the new dwarf planet.
There is dwarf planets still farther out — Eris, which helped scientists reclassify Pluto.