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Hunted Facts on neptune
  • Neptune is the outermost planet of the gas giants.
  • Neptune was discovered on September 23, 1846 by Johann Gottfried Galle, of the Berlin Observatory, and Louis d'Arrest, an astronomy student, through mathematical predictions made by Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier.
  • Neptune is a dynamic planet with several large, dark spots reminiscent of Jupiter's hurricane-like storms.
  • Neptune’s core may be small because most of the rock composing the planet remains mixed with the vast ocean that extends upward from the core to the atmosphere.
  • Neptune has an active atmosphere, with winds and massive storms that may be caused by heat escaping the planet’s interior.
  • Neptune’s winds, which blow in a latitude direction, are faster in the planet’s polar regions than they are at Neptune’s equator.
  • Neptune was first observed by Galle and d'Arrest on 1846 Sept 23 very near to the locations independently predicted by Adams and Le Verrier from calculations based on the observed positions of Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus.
  • Neptune's blue color is largely the result of absorption of red light by methane in the atmosphere but there is some additional as-yet-unidentified chromophore which gives the clouds their rich blue tint.
  • Neptune has 13 known moons; 7 small named ones and Triton plus four discovered in 2002 and one discovered in 2003 which have yet to be named.
  • Neptune, the eighth planet in our solar system, was the first planet whose existence was mathematically calculated before the planet was actually observed.
  • Neptune and Uranus are considered to be "twin planets" because they are close to the same size and are composed of similar elements.
  • The climate on Neptune is almost exactly the same as that on Uranus, mainly because of their atmospheres, which are both composed of hydrogen and methane gases.
  • Neptune is the eighth or, occasionally, the ninth planet from the Sun due to Pluto's eccentric orbit, and the outermost gas giant in our solar system.
  • Had Neptune been moving at its regular/average speed when Galileo first observed it in 1612 and 1613, he would have most likely realized that it was a planet and not a fixed star due to Neptune's relatively rapid normal motion along the ecliptic compared to the extremely slow motion of the fixed stars.
  • Neptune also resembles Uranus in its magnetosphere, with a magnetic field strongly tilted relative to its rotational axis at 47° and offset at least 0.55 radii (about 13,500 kilometres) from the planet's physical center.

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