Neptune: The Massive Gas Giant

Neptune is a pearl blue planet that you may be able to see with a telescope and it is also known as ice giant.


By: Angel Lobos Lima, Journalist

Neptune is one of our four gas giants that accompany Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus. They are all great planets but this article it’s talking about Neptune. Neptune was discovered on September 23, 1846, By Urbain Le Verrier, Johann Gottfried Galle, and John Couch Adams by doing mathematical calculations. But did you know Neptune has a dark spot on it and it is a storm, a big one.  It was first spotted in 1989 by NASA’s Voyager 2 probe it took pictures of two giant storms starting to form in Neptune. Also, one random fact just to put out there the clouds on Neptune are made of methane ice crystals that give it its white stripes of color. Neptune has 14 moons of which one was unaccounted for it was discovered on July 1, 2013, and is known as “hippocamp” Neptune’s smallest moon. Well as stated earlier Neptune is going through really strong storms which are different, to say the least, it has even had a change in temperature in its southern hemisphere. One new topic is Neptune has finally had a picture taken after 30 years it was taken by Nasa’s James Webb Space Telescope.