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Happy 1st Birthday Neptune!

14 Jul
..no wonder it takes so long to orbit..1/4 of the planet is missing!

In no celestial hurry, Neptune has just completed its first orbit around the sun since being discovered 165 years ago by Earthlings. As Space.com notes, the big blue-green gas bag is the only planet in our solar system to be discovered by mathematics. German astronomer Johann Galle located Neptune the evening of Sept. 23-24, 1846, using earlier calculations by French astronomer Urbain Le Verrier. To commemorate the “anniversary,” the Hubble Space Telescope snapped some pictures June 25-26. NASA compiled a video sequence showing the planet spinning on its tilted axis. In 1989, the unmanned Voyager 2 spacecraft snapped a relative close-up of the giant, cold ball of hydrogen and helium. See two here and here. Neptune, which travels an elliptical path, is the most distant “major planet” in our backyard, according to NASA. (Fans of Pluto object strenuously to the tiny orb’s downgrade.) Its average distance from the sun is 2.8 billion miles, 30 times farther than Earth.

..I bet Neptune was walking well before his first birthday…actually swimming before his first birthday would be more appropriate. I got him a trident for his birthday..I hope he does not have one..since he is only 1 I put corks on the sharp parts..OKLAHOMA,OKLAHOMA,OKLAHOMA,OKLAHOMA!!! I have seen ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ too many times.

..may I be excused to use the washroom?

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1 Comment

Posted by on July 14, 2011 in Construction

 

One response to “Happy 1st Birthday Neptune!

  1. Ron

    July 14, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    wow… 30x farther than Earth from the sun… that’s mind-boggling. Sure is a nifty-looking planet.

     

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