Neptune (planet)

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Neptune, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

Neptune is the eighth planet from the Sun. It is a gas giant with four hard-to-see rings. Urbain Le Verrier and John Couch Adams are usually both given credit for discovering Neptune. Neptune can be seen from Earth using binoculars and telescopes. It had a huge storm on it called "The Dark Spot" which was discovered in 1989 by a space probe called Voyager 2. However, the dark spot was not seen in 1994, and new spots were found since then. It is not known why the dark spot disappeared.

Neptune has thirteen known moons. The largest is called Triton, and it is the only moon that is round in shape. Trition is slightly smaller than the Earth's moon.

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The Solar System
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Star: The Sun
Planets: MercuryVenusEarthMarsJupiterSaturnUranusNeptune
Dwarf planets: CeresPlutoEris
Small solar system body: Asteroid beltCometsMeteorsKuiper beltScattered discOort cloud
Other: Moon

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