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Physical Properties, Location and Movement of Neptune

Physical Properties

Photos of Neptune reveal a blue planet, and it is called an ice giant, since it has a thick, gooey liquid mix of water, ammonia and methane ices under its atmosphere and is roughly 17 times Earth's mass.

Ammonia is the chemical used in Windex and methane is a type of illegal drug so if we inhale any one of those it could be harmful.


The Storm

Neptune is very far from the sun, which means it gets little sunlight to help warm its atmosphere. Neptune's winds can reach up to 1,500 miles per hour the fastest detected in the solar system. These winds were a part of a large dark storm . The storm is large enough to hold the entire Earth, and the storm moved westward at nearly 750 miles per hour. This storm seemed to have disappeared when the Hubble Space Telescope later searched for it. Hubble has also revealed the appearance and then fading of two other Great Dark Spots over the last decade.


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Facts About The Stormy Planet Neptune
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Neptunes History

The planet Neptune was discovered on Sept. 23, 1846. Neptune was the first planet to get its existence predicted by mathematical calculations before it was actually seen by a telescope.

Neptunes Moons

Neptune has 13 moons, the biggest of them all was Titan. The moons were named after weaker sea gods because Neptune is the Roman god of the sea. One interesting fact about Neptune is that sometimes Pluto is closer to the Sun than Neptune is.