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Gas Giants

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Are there planets that are not composed of rock, like Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars? Are there planets where there is no land, just all nothingness? Yes, there are, they are known as a Gas Giants, they are large celestial bodies that are instead made up of gases. They may have a solid core, and […]

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What Does Neptune Look Like

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The planet Neptune has features that other planets don’t have. It is far from Earth in which it can be compared to a tiny star when being observed through the use of binoculars. It is said to be brilliantly blue. When we are viewing planets in the sky at night, we actually see the light […]

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Surface of Neptune

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When Pluto passes into Neptune’s orbit during its revolution around the Sun, Neptune the 8th planet from the Sun becomes the outermost planet in the Solar System for a long period. Although categorized as one of the giant gas planets along with Uranus and Jupiter, Neptune’s rocky core is only a bit larger than of […]

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Who Discovered Neptune

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The fourth biggest planet in the Solar System, Neptune is named after the god of the sea, Neptune, from Roman mythology. Neptune is one of the three planets that were not visible to the human eye; the other two planets are Uranus and Pluto (now classified as a dwarf planet). Unlike the other five planets, […]

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When Was Neptune Discovered

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Some astronomers were actually able to view Neptune long ago but they did not realize what they were viewing was a planet. One of these astronomers was Galileo who was able to observe Neptune but was thinking it was only a star. Through the use of telescopes, planets may look like disks while stars look […]

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Moons of Neptune

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There are 13 moons discovered to orbit around the 8th planet of the solar system, Neptune. The first, and the largest, moon, Triton, to be discovered was found just 17 days after the planet itself was discovered. After Triton’s discovery, it took another century for astronomers to find the second moon of Neptune.

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Rings of Neptune

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Unlike the rings of its neighbor Saturn, Neptune’s rings are faint and less dense. Even the densest of the five rings of Neptune pale in comparison to the less dense rings of Saturn. It is comparable to Jupiter’s rings that are mostly made of dust particles. These five Neptune rings were discovered by the Voyager […]

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The Atmosphere of Neptune

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There are two main layers that compose Neptune’s atmosphere: the troposphere and the stratosphere. In the troposphere the temperature decreases as the altitude increases. The opposite is true for the stratosphere. The temperature increases as the altitude increases. The area which separates the two is known as the tropopause.

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