Neptune facts – Fascinating facts about Neptune

Interesting facts about Neptune

Neptune is the eight planet from the sun in the Solar System.

Neptune has 14 moons.

Neptune was discovered by Urbain Le Verrier and Johann Galle.

Neptune is a gas giant.

Neptune is one of the four gas giants. The other three being Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. And it is the smallest of the ice giants.

Neptune’s atmosphere is made of hydrogen, helium and some methane.

Neptune has a very active climate. It has large storms whirl through its upper atmosphere, the winds blowing at 600 meters per second.

The largest storm ever recorded on Neptune was in 1989, called the Great Dark Spot that lasted for about 5 years.

Neptune has 5 rings and they are very thin. They are made up of ice particles mixed with dust grains and possibly coated with a carbon based substance.

In 1989, Voyager 2 spacecraft is the only spacecraft that has flown by Neptune. It has returned the first close up images of the Neptune system.