Neptune - Research Article from Macmillan Science Library: Space Sciences

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Neptune is the most distant giant planet, circling the Sun at an average distance of almost 6 billion kilometers (3.7 billion miles; thirty-nine times the distance from Earth to the Sun). Neptune is a near twin to Uranus in size (with a radius of 24,764 kilometers [15,354 miles] at the equator), in composition (about 80 percent hydrogen, 15 percent helium, and 3 percent methane, with other trace elements), and in internal structure (a rocky core surrounded by a methane-and ammonia-rich watery mantle topped by a thick atmosphere).

The icy particles in the upper cloud decks of Neptune differ slightly from those of Uranus. Their color, combined with the atmospheric methane that absorbs red light, gives Neptune a rich sky-blue tint compared with the more greenish Uranus. Neptune has the strongest internal heat source of all the giant planets, radiating almost three times more heat than one would expect. Like Jupiter and Saturn, which radiate about...

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