Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Neptune's Birthday

Neptune was one year old yesterday. Not in Earth years, obviously — and not technically in Neptune years. Tuesday marked the day Neptune finally completed one trip around the sun since its official discovery on Sept. 23, 1846. One Neptuninan year equals 164.79 Earth years. Though the idea of a planet having a birthday is a little funny, I'll go with it for the sake of having something to celebrate. Here’s my birthday wish to the planet: May you never end up like Pluto.

Fun Quick Neptune Facts:
1. Neptune is the most distant planet
2. Neptune is the smallest of the gas giants
3. Neptune’s surface gravity is almost Earthlike
4. The discovery of Neptune is still a controversy,English and French astronomers battled over who actually made the discovery.
5. Neptune has the strongest winds in the Solar System. The winds there can blow up to 1,240 miles per hour, that is three times as fast as Earth's Hurricanes
6. Neptune is the coldest planet in the Solar System
7. Neptune has 8 known moons
8. Neptune is 30 times farther from the sun as is the Earth.

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