Neptune: The furthest planet from our sun

Neptune: The furthest planet from our sun

Neptune is the farthest planet from the sun and one of the two “ice giants” of our solar system. The cold, blue planet is about 30 times farther from the sun than Earth and takes about 165 Earth years to complete a single orbit around our star. Neptune spins around its axis faster than Earth, so a day on Neptune lasts only about 16 Earth hours.

When was Neptune discovered?

Scientists discovered Neptune in 1846, after performing orbit calculations for Uranus which indicated that there was an unknown planet affecting the planet Uranus. gravityaccording to Natural History Museum (opens in a new tab) in London, UK, Neptune is not visible to the naked eye, but researchers were able to confirm the existence of the planet using a telescope. Astronomers had already spotted Neptune through telescopes as early as 1612, but hadn’t identified it as a planet, according to Nasa (opens in a new tab).

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