Neptune

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Introduction1

Dictionary

Neptune : the planet eighth in order from the sun — Webster   See also   OneLook

Encyclopedia

Neptune Neptune is the eighth and farthest-known planet from the Sun. It is the fourth-largest planet by diameter, the third-most-massive planet, and the densest giant planet. It is 17 times the mass of Earth, and slightly more massive than its near-twin Uranus. Neptune is denser and physically smaller than Uranus because its greater mass causes more gravitational compression of its atmosphere. It is referred to as one of the solar system’s two ice giant planets (the other one being Uranus). Being composed primarily of gases and liquids, it has no well-defined “solid surface”. The planet orbits the Sun once every 164.8 years at an average distance of 30.1 AU (4.5 billion km; 2.8 billion mi). It is named after the Roman god of the sea and has the astronomical symbol ♆, representing Neptune’s trident. — Wikipedia

Neptune (Encyclopædia Britannica)

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Innovation

Science

Voyager Program is an American scientific program that employs two robotic interstellar probes, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2. They were launched in 1977 to take advantage of a favorable alignment of Jupiter and Saturn, to fly near them while collecting data for transmission back to Earth. After launch the decision was taken to send Voyager 2 near Uranus and Neptune. — Wikipedia

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (YouTube Channel)

V101 Science (YouTube Playlists)

Voyager 2 (NASA)
Voyager Mission (NASA)
Voyager Mission (JPL, NASA)

Voyager Mission (Planetary Society)
Voyager Program (Wikipedia)

Neptune (NASA)
Neptune, Planet of Wind and Ice (Planetary Society)

Neptune (Eric Weisstein’s World of Astronomy, Wolfram Research)
Neptune (Wolfram Alpha)

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Preservation

History

Neptune is not visible to the unaided eye and is the only planet in the Solar System found by mathematical prediction rather than by empirical observation. Unexpected changes in the orbit of Uranus led Alexis Bouvard to hypothesise that its orbit was subject to gravitational perturbation by an unknown planet. After Bouvard’s death, the position of Neptune was predicted from his observations, independently, by John Couch Adams and Urbain Le Verrier. Neptune was subsequently observed with a telescope on 23 September 1846 by Johann Galle within a degree of the position predicted by Le Verrier. Its largest moon, Triton, was discovered shortly thereafter. — Wikipedia

Astronomers Discover Neptune, the Eighth Planet (John Uri, NASA Johnson Space Center)
Neptune’s discovery (Encyclopædia Britannica)
Discovery of Neptune (Wikipedia)

Library

Library of Congress # QB388 Neptune (UPenn Online Books)

WorldCat, Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library

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Participation

Education

All About Neptune (Space Place, NASA)
Neptune (Cosmos4Kids)

MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
OER Commons: Open Educational Resources

Community

News

Neptune (Astronomy Magazine)
Neptune (Phys.org)
Science Daily
Neptune (NPR Archives)

Book

Neptune (ISBNdb)

Government

Document

Neptune (USA.gov)

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Related

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Knowledge Realm

Physical

“Fundamentals”
Law (Constant) Relativity
Force Gravity, Electromagnetism (Light, Color)
Matter (Microscope) Molecule, Atom (Periodic Table), Particle

“Space”
Universe (Astronomical Instrument)
Galaxy Milky Way, Andromeda
Planetary System Star, Brown Dwarf, Planet, Moon

Our Neighborhood
Solar System Sun
Terrestrial Planet Mercury, Venus, Earth (Moon), Mars
Asteroid Belt Ceres, Vesta
Jovian Planet Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune
Trans-Neptunian Object
Kuiper Belt Pluto, Haumea, Makemake
Scattered Disc Eris, Sedna, Planet X
Oort Cloud Etc. Scholz’s Star
Small Body Comet, Centaur, Asteroid

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Notes

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