Sitting on the eighth spot from Sun, Neptune is the most distant planet in our solar system. The planet displays a vivid blue tint and is known as an ice-giant. The planet has a very interesting history and of course, possesses some very interesting characteristics that will leave us in awe. So, let us not waste more time weaving a prelude and dive straight into a world of 30 interesting Neptune facts. You may know some of them but we are pretty sure that you will find some facts pretty new and interesting.
Interesting Neptune Facts: 1-10
1. Neptune is the first planet in our entire solar system whose existence has been predicted by mathematical calculations before scientists actually spotted it using a telescope.
2. It was Alex Bouvard, a French astronomer who predicted that the gravitation pull of some other celestial body was responsible for giving Uranus its orbital irregularities.
3. It was Bouvard’s suggestion that was used as a basis of mathematical calculations by Johann Galle – a German astronomer – to help scientists spot Neptune using a telescope.
4. Neptune was discovered on September 23, 1846.
5. Neptune gets its name from Roman and Greek mythology. Neptune is actually the name of the Roman god of sea.
6. The planet Neptune is covered by clouds and emanates a blue tint. Scientists have identified two reasons for this blue color. First, there is an unidentified compound that makes the planet appear blue and second, the planet’s atmosphere that is composed mostly of hydrogen and helium also contains methane which is known for absorbing red light.
7. Photographs of Neptune show that just beneath the planet’s atmosphere is thick layer of fluid mixture consisting of methane ices, ammonia and water. This is precisely why the planet is often dubbed as ice-giant.
8. Scientists estimate that the planet has a mass 17 times greater than the mass of Earth. They also estimate that the overall volume of Neptune is 58 times that of our home orb.
9. Scientists have reached a conclusion that the total mass of the rocky core of Neptune is same as the total mass of our home planet.
10. The weirdest fact about Neptune is that despite its great distance from Earth and despite the fact that the planet fails to get enough sunlight that can keep the planet warm and drive its atmosphere, the winds on the planet can reach a top speed of 1,500 miles an hour or 2,400 kilometers an hour. Neptune holds the record of having fastest wind speed in our entire solar system.