All About Neptune

All About Neptune

Neptune and Uranus look quite similar and are made of the same materials.

They are known as distant twins however looks hide many differences.

Like Earth , Neptune rotates on a slight tilt as it travels in space.

Neptune is the windiest planet in the Solar System.

Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are know as the Outer Planets.

A Neptune year is the same as 165 Earth Years.

Neptune has 13 Moons.

A Neptune day is 16 hours and 7 minutes.

Neptune is named after the Roman god of the sea.

Astronomer Johann Galle saw Neptune for the first time through a telescope in 1846. He named it after the Roman god of the sea because its bright blue.

Neptune is 4.5 billion kilometers away from the Sun, which means it is very cold.

Neptune has only been visited once, by the same Voyager 2 that took the only photos of Uranus.

Bright, white clouds drift around in Neptune’s atmosphere.

The Voyager 2 was launched in 1977 to study the giant planets in our Solar System. It passed Neptune in 1989 and is now passing through the outer reaches of the Solar System.

Neptune is 30 times further away from the Sun than planet Earth.

Neptune, Uranus, Jupiter and Saturn are know as the four Gas Giants.

Neptune has at least five rings which are very faint. They are made up of very tiny dust like particles.

At first Neptune was called Le Verrier, named after the man who discovered it, Urbain Le Verrier, a French mathematician. Both Le Verrier and John Adams in England had realized that a hidden planet was pulling on Uranus, causing it to speed up and slow down.

Neptune has an average temperature of -353 Fahrenheit or -214 Celsius.

Neptune has a high proportion of ice present which is due to the extreme cold conditions because of its huge distance from the Sun.

Neptune is 2700 million miles or 4345 kilometres away from Earth.