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The Last Frontier: Neptune

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The world's last frontier is space, the most outer reaches known to man. Now, each week for 3 more weeks, I will report on something of interest from the realms of space.

by Etrnl *
Space Explorer

The Last Frontier: Neptune

Neptune. Not really a much talked about planet, but let's do it anyway.

Neptune is the Roman god of the sea. Neptune once fell in love with a water nymph, Amphitrite. He asked her to marry him, but she said no. He then sent a dolphin out to her, and the animal was so persuasive that she DID marry him!

Only one on this one, too! Voyager 2 from the USA again! It left Earth on August 20, 1977, doing a fly-by, taking images of Neptune, and everything about it. It reached Neptune in 1989.

Neptune has VERY faint rings. People hardly know they're there! Neptune also has 8 moons.

Funny fact: Most of Neptune's moons are numbers! Here are the '#' moons: 1989N1, 1989N2, 1989N3, 1989N4, 1989N5 and 1989N6. STRANGE!

Neptune is a lot like Jupiter in ways. Like Jupiter, Neptune is 'striped' in colors. Also like Jupiter, Neptune has a "Great Dark Spot" like Jupiter's "Great Red Spot", only the Dark Spot is thought to be a giant hole in Neptune's atmosphere. Neptune's clouds are made mainly of methane, just like Uranus.

Well, here you have it, peepz, all about Neptune. For more info, check out this site.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to Y-mail me @ Etrnl *.

Thanx, Etrnl *


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