Strange Neptune

From giant storms and icy geysers to tilted orbits and weird spins, Neptune and its moons have many surprising features.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM January 9, 2007

Astronomers look for rules. They seek theories and develop models that tidily explain how planets form, how moons move, and how the universe came to look the way it does.

 

But these scientists also keep finding exceptions to their rules. In our planetary neighborhood, Neptune is one of the more delinquent objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This image of Neptune was captured by the Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1989.

 

This image of Neptune was captured by the Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1989.

 

NASA

The eighth planet in our solar system is about 2.7 billion miles from the sun and very cold. ...

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