Neptune The 8th Planet From The Sun By: Tanner L. Rosquist
Neptune • It is the 8th and farthest planet from the sun in our solar system • It is in the Milky Way galaxy • It orbits around the sun
Discovery and Naming Naming Discovery Discovered on September 23,1846 Discovered by Urbain Le Verrier, John Couch Adams, and Johann Galle. • Named after Roman and Greek god of the sea. • Was going to be named Le Verrier after one of its founders but the name was not accepted by the international astronomical community.
Size and Composition of Neptune • Circumference: 96,129 miles • Volume: 15,000,714,125,712 miles^3 • Diameter: 30,598.8 miles • Radius: 15,299.4 miles • Surface area: 2,941,431,558 square miles • Mass: 102,410,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 kg • Made of : hydrogen, helium, methane (h2, he,ch4)
Exploration of Neptune Voyager 2 flew by on August 25,1989. It also took a fly by of Neptune’s biggest moon Triton.
Awesome Features • Has 6 thin rings. • Has the most powerful winds in the solar system. • The methane in its atmosphere is what makes it blue. • Sometimes it is purple. • Has giant storms similar to Jupiter. • Once had a storm as big as the Earth called the great dark spot similar to the great red spot on Jupiter.
Neptune’s Moons A moon is a natural satellite that orbits a planet. Neptune has 13 moons from largest to smallest they are Triton, Nereid, Thalassa, Despina, Galatea, Larissa, Proteus, Halimede, Psamathe, Sao, Laomedeia, and Neso. Neptune’s largest moon Triton is on of the coldest surfaces in the solar system because so little sunlight hits its surface. Its temperatures reach around -400°F.
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