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Neptune the Windy Planet

Neptune the Windy Planet - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
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Neptune hasn't made an entire circle around the sun since it was discovered! Learn why the planet is such a deep blue and more!

Neptune is the second furthest planet from the sun. It's the eighth one out, if you're counting. Humans have never been to Neptune but we still know lots about it.

The Look

1Neptune is well known for its "Great Dark Spot" (about the size of Earth,) which is similar to Jupiter's "Great Red Spot." Both of them are massive hurricanes. The strange thing about this spot is it seems to have disappeared around 1994. It has either slowed down or is hidden by atmospheric components.

1Like Uranus, Neptune is also blue-green in color. The methane in the atmosphere absorbs red light, giving this planet its deep, rich blue color.

1Since Neptune is a gas planet, there's no chance you can land on it and walk around. Good thing cuz the planet has the most wicked weather in the solar system. The wind on Neptune can blow as fast as 2000 km an hour (1200 miles per hour.)

Interesting Facts

1It takes Neptune about 165 years to orbit the sun. It still hasn't made a full circle around the sun since it was discovered.

1Neptune is so far away, it's impossible to see without a telescope. Because Pluto has such a weird orbit, Neptune is actually the furthest planet from the sun for 20 years out of every 248 Earth years. Pluto moved out of the way for Neptune at the end of the 20th century.

1It is about 11 times colder on Neptune than inside your freezer.

Properties of Neptune
Mass 1.024e+26
Distance from Sun 4,504 billion kms/2.8 billion miles
Distance from Earth 4564 million kms/2835 million miles
Length of Year 164.79 Earth years (to rotate the sun)
Rotation Time 16 hours, 11 minutes (on its own axis)
Angle of Axis 28.31
Diameter 49,528 kms/30,707 miles
Number of Satellites 8
Number of Rings 4
Number of Moons 8
Temperature Average of -373 Fahrenheit/-225 Celsius
Weight on Neptune A 100 pound person would weigh 109.6 pounds
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