The Planet Neptune...the other blue planet

The planet Neptune

The planet Neptune is the 8th planet from the Sun in our solar system and it`s also a Jovian planet. That means it`s composed mainly of gas.

Although you can`t see the planet Neptune with just you eyes, you can get a good look at it with a telescope or binoculars.

When you see the planet, you`ll notice that it looks a lot like Uranus. It has a flat appearance and a similiar blue-green color. The color comes from the methane in the planet`s atmosphere. The methane absorbs the red light from the Sun and reflects the blue light.

Structure and atmosphere

Many astronomers think that the planet has a rocky core. The core may be surrounded by an ocean of rock and water. This ocean rises up to a gas-filled atmosphere.

The atmosphere of the 8th planet is a lot like the atmosphere of Uranus. Hydrogen, helium, and methane fill this volatile environment.

A stormy planet

When Voyager 2 visited the planet in 1989, it found a very stormy and disruptive place. The 8th planet in our solar system is a very cold windy, and stormy place.

Scientists found a massive storm on the planet roughly about the size of the Earth!Of course, whenever scientists discover anything new, they give it a name. They called the storm the Great Dark Spot.

Hot and cold at the same time

The surface temperature is bitterly cold (-350 degrees), but the temperature at the core is extremely hot. The difference in temperature and the planet`s high rotational speed cause winds to be as high as 1200 mph!

Did you know that one of the planet`s moons is larger than the planet itself?

Here are more facts about the Astronomy of neptune the planet:

  • The planet was discovered in 1846 by J.G. Galle
  • One year is equivalent to 165 years on Earth
  • The planet`s volume could hold 60 earths
  • One day is 16 hours
  • Visited by Voyager 2 in 1989

    This planet looks like a twin of Uranus through a telescope, but as we`ve learned it really has its own unique features.

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