Friday’s Factoid 22 (by Titus and Joel)

When Mom and Dad were little kids like us, Neptune was the 9th planet from the sun instead of the 8th. That is because sometimes it trades places with Pluto for like 20 years and then they switch back (Joel, 7 1/2).
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Neptune is a very stormy planet. It has a big storm as big as the whole Earth called the Great Dark Spot with winds going 1200 mph. That spot disappeared for a while but then showed up again in a different place. It rains diamonds on Neptune instead of water because of all the methane there (Titus, 9).
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4 comments on “Friday’s Factoid 22 (by Titus and Joel)

  1. I don’t know about that, Joel. Since astronomers decided about 7 years ago that Pluto was not really a planet, it looks like Neptune will always be the most distant. Remember the Voyager 2 spacecraft. It is now 35 years old and still going. It took 12 years to reach Neptune after it was launched. Well, maybe your Mom and Dad remember it.

    • Hey, Opa. That decision about Pluto was far from unanimous and they’ve learned a lot about Sam’s favorite planet since removing it from the official list. But more on that next week!

  2. I need your help fellows. Pluto is a lot smaller than our moon. Is that why they now call it a “dwarf planet.” And what is the “Kuiper belt?” It has bodies the same size and similarity as Pluto. I still think Pluto has been overrated, so I’m eagerly waiting for next week!

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