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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You Would Weigh More
The slightly stronger gravitational pull on Neptune means that we would weigh a little more on that planet.
So, if someone weighs 200 pounds on our planet, this 10% difference in gravity would translate to an additional 20 pounds on Neptune.
No Solid Surface
Neptune has no solid surface. The blue-green disc we have seen in images is actually an illusion.
What we see is actually the tops of some very deep gas clouds, which give way to water and other melted ices that lie over an approximately Earth-sized core, which is made up of silicate rock and a nickel-iron mix.
So, if you were to attempt to stand on Neptune, you would end up sinking through the gaseous layers.
Coldest Planet in the Solar System
As the planets in our solar system get further away from the sun, they generally get colder.
That makes Neptune the coldest planet, with an average temperature of -353 degrees Fahrenheit (-214 C).
Windiest Planet, Too
Neptune’s winds are the fastest in the solar system, reaching 1,600 miles per hour.
Neptune has also been known to have gigantic, spinning storms that could swallow the whole Earth. Good thing we orbit a safe distance away!
Fourth-Largest Planet in the Solar System
Neptune is the fourth-largest planet in our solar system. It has a diameter of 34,503 miles. Its volume is 57.7 times the volume of Earth, which means that 57 Earths could fit inside of Neptune (with a little room leftover).
It’s also 17 times heavier than Earth, which means that even Chuck Norris would have a hard time lifting Neptune on his shoulders.