neptune

     

Neptune (pronounce /ˈnɛptjuːn/, AmE: [ˈnɛp·tuːn] (help·info)) is the eighth and farthest planet from the Sun in the Solar System. It is the fourth largest planet by diameter, and the third largest by mass. Neptune is 17 times the mass of Earth and is slightly more massive than its near-twin Uranus, which is 15 Earth masses and less dense. The planet is named after the Roman god of the sea. Its astronomical symbol is , a stylized version of the god Neptune's trident.

Trivia about neptune

  • This planet's moons include Triton & the recently discovered Naiad
  • In July 2011 it completed its first orbit around the Sun since its discovery in 1846
  • Named for a sea god who could change shape at will, Proteus is a moon of this planet
  • The symbol for this planet is, appropriately, a trident
  • Poseidon had new adventures under this name
  • The sea, earthquakes & horses, 3 things that obviously go together
  • Ye, gods, it's this outer planet seen here
  • The trident on Barbados' flag stands for this Roman god of the sea
  • Let's "sea"--Nethuns was the Etruscan equivalent of this Roman god
  • If you don't know it's the eighth planet from the sun, you're all wet
  • Its moon Triton was first seen in 1846; a second satellite around this planet wasn't found until 1949
  • It's named for a mythical sea god
  • Triton, the son of this male god, was half man & half fish
  • Its moon Triton has a thin nitrogen atmosphere
  • 17 days after this planet was discovered in 1846, William Lassell found one of its satellites, Triton
  • A statue of this Roman sea god is a perfect choice for a fountain; there's one at Peterhof in Russia
  • Scientists once believed that Pluto was an escaped satellite of this planet
  • Since its 1846 discovery, this planet has yet to complete one trip around the sun
  • In August 1989 it became the last planet encountered by Voyager 2
  • Based on the calculations of a French mathematician, Johann Galle discovered this planet in 1846
  • This planet's moon Triton orbits in a direction opposite the planet's rotation
  • On Oct. 10, 1846, 17 days after the discovery of this planet, its largest moon, Triton, was discovered
  • (Kelly of the Clue Crew shows an astronomical photograph on the monitor.) Voyager II captured a photo of the storm called the Great Dark Spot on this ice giant; the clouds are believed to be condensed methane particles
  • Geysers of what is probably nitrogen rise as high as 5 miles on Triton, this planet's largest moon
  • In 2005, during the annual festival named for him, a statue of this Roman god was dedicated in Virginia Beach, Va.
  • In the olden navy the "crossing the line" ceremony forced new sailors to undergo hazing and pay tribute to this Roman god
  • Now that Pluto has been reclassified, this planet has the longest orbit around the sun
  • Before its 1846 sighting, this 8th planet's existence was deduced from its gravitational effect on other planets
  • Poseidon
  • As you can guess, a satellite named Nereid, a sea nymph, circles this planet
  • It's the smallest & densest of the outer gas giants & has an appropriate name, as it has a watery interior
  • Triton, this planet's largest satellite, has a surface temperature of about -390 degrees F.
  • From 1979 to 1999 it was the planet in our solar system farthest from the sun
  • Symbolizing Venice's dominance over land & sea, statues at the Doge's Palace depict Mars & this other Roman god
  • In 1846 astronomers found this planet from the effects it had on Uranus' orbit
  • Unexplained movements by Uranus led to the discovery of this planet in the 1840s
  • Voyager II discovered six more moons around this planet; one is bigger than the previously known Nereid
  • Forget Pluto--this farthest planet from the sun is the only planet that can't be seen without a telescope
  • Presently the farthest planet from the Sun, it has 1500-mph winds, some of the strongest in the solar system
  • Named for a water nymph, Naiad is this planet's nearest known moon
  • The farthest from the sun from 1979 to 1999
  • Of the 4 giant planets, it's the farthest from the Sun
  • Pluto is in a stable 3:2 resonance with this planet, completing 2 orbits of the sun in the time the other completes 3
  • At -235 degrees C. the surface of this planet's moon Triton is the coldest known place in the Solar System
  • Bright blue clouds of methane surround this eighth planet from the sun
  • In the 1940s Gerard Kuiper discovered Miranda, a moon of Uranus & Nereid, a moon of this planet
  • Only weeks after this planet was discovered in 1846, William Lassell discovered its largest moon, Triton
  • With Pluto demoted, this is now the outermost planet
  • Naiad swims around this planet