After Pluto was declassified as a planet, Neptune became the farthest planet from the sun. Neptune's diameter is about 30,200 miles or almost 4 times the Earth's diameter. The planet was named after the Roman sea God.
Neptune Facts You Might Not Know About
- Neptune is so far away that it took the space probe Voyager 2, 12 years to reach it.
- Neptune is the stormiest planet. The winds there can blow up to 1,240 miles per hour, that is three times as fast as Earth's Hurricanes.
- The planet has has a system of thin dark rings but they are incomplete rings and are best described as arcs.
- Neptune is a sea blue color due to the methane gas in its atmosphere.
- Neptune once had a great dark spot similar to Jupiter.
- Neptune only receives 1/900 of the solar energy that reaches Earth.
- Neptune has its own heat source, it emits a quantity of energy 2.7 times greater than it receives.
- Neptune has 19 known moons.
- Neptune is 30 times farther from the sun as is the Earth.
- It goes around the sun once every 165 Earth Years.
- The atmosphere is made up of Hydrogen, Helium and Methane.
- Neptune has a rocky core.