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10 Stunning Facts about Neptune


10 Stunning Facts about Neptune

1. The planet Neptune is named after the Roman god of the sea because the blue planet reminded astronomers of Earth's oceans.

2. Neptune is the only planet in the solar system that can’t be seen from Earth with the unaided eye.

3. Neptune was originally going to be called "Le Verrier's Planet," after French mathematician Urbain Le Verrier. He was one of the first people to hypothesize mathematically that a planet may lie beyond Uranus.

4. Astronomers have measured stronger winds on Neptune than on any other planet in the solar system. Winds can reach over 1,200 miles (1,930 km) per hour, which is 10 times stronger than the most powerful hurricanes on Earth.

5. The magnetic force on Neptune is 27 times greater than that on Earth.

6. Neptune is the farthest planet from the sun, at about 3 billion miles (5 billion kilometers). That's about 30 times the distance between Earth and the sun.

7. One of Neptune's moons, Triton, may be the coldest place in our solar system. Its temperature can be as low as -391 F (-235 C). Its volcanoes even erupt ice.

8. Neptune has six rings, but they are thin and hard to see. One ring has three distinct clumps that astronomers have named Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity.

9. Methane gas in Neptune's atmosphere makes the planet appear blue. Methane absorbs red light and reflects bluer colors.

10. Intense pressure and super-hot temperatures create cascading showers of diamonds on Neptune.

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