Reading Comprehension Sheet #8: Neptune
Neptune is the eighth planet from the sun
and the fourth of the outer planets. Neptune
is a blue color, because its atmosphere is
mainly made of methane gas, just like Uranusí
atmosphere. Neptune's day is about the same
length as Uranus's. It is 17 hours long.
One year on Neptune is 165 Earth years -
about twice as long as Uranus's year! It
takes Neptune 165 years to circle around
the sun one time because it is so far away.
Neptune has some interesting features. Jupiter has the "Great Red Spot" that looks like an eye, but Neptune has a "Great Dark Spot". Jupiter's spot is really a storm, however, scientists think that Neptune's spot is a hole in its atmosphere! Like Uranus, Neptune's atmosphere is mostly made of methane gas. Neptune also has bands of thin white clouds that look like stripes. The cloud patterns change as Neptune spins on its axis.
(Photos courtesy of JPL/NASA))
Neptune has 8 moons. The biggest one is Triton. Here is a picture from NASA showing Triton and Neptune. Neptune is much, much bigger than Triton. Triton looks bigger in this picture because the camera was closer to Triton than it was to Neptune.
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