Due to its gorgeous color, this planet was named after the Greek god of the sea and ocean, Poseidon. According to science, it’s also the coldest and windiest planet of our solar system.
This, despite its core producing almost as much heat as the sun. Speaking of the sun, this planet also happens to be the farthest from our solar system’s main source of heat.
Can you guess which fascinating, gorgeous, yet mysterious planet we’re talking about? Yep, we’re talking about Neptune. If you wish to learn more information about this blue celestial “jewel,” read the following list 25 Things You Need To Know About Neptune.
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Named after Poseidon
Like the rest of the planets in the solar system, Neptune got its name from an ancient Greek god: Poseidon.
Later, the Romans translated the sea god’s name into Latin and the rest is history. Now you also know why this planet’s symbol is the trident.
Invisible (Without a Telescope)
Neptune is the only planet in our solar system that can’t be seen from Earth without the aid of a telescope.
See, the beautiful blue planet is “only” 2.7 billion miles away from Earth.
Mathematics Revealed Its Existence
Neptune’s existence was visually confirmed in 1846. It was unknown to ancient people, or for that matter, every human who lived before that year.
Further, Neptune was the first planet discovered by mathematical rather than observational means. The French astronomer Urbain Le Verrier predicted the existence and position of the planet in the 1840s with the help of mathematics.
The discovery of Neptune was seen as a triumphant validation of celestial mechanics, and is considered one of the most significant moments of 19th-century science. Oh, and Neptune was originally named Le Vierrier.
Most Distant Planet from the Sun
Neptune is the eighth and farthest planet from the sun, at a distance of about 2.8 billion miles, or 4.5 billion kilometers if you prefer.
Gravity Like Earth
Although Neptune is much larger than Earth, its surface gravity is about the same as the surface gravity on Earth. This is because Neptune is made up of gases and is not solid like Earth.
This makes Neptune very light for its size. The surface gravity on Neptune is about 110% of the surface gravity on Earth.