Scope on the Skies: Neptune—The planet exterior to Uranus

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This month, the three most outer planets—Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune—and one of the larger dwarf planets, Pluto, will be in the evening skies after sunset. While only Jupiter and Uranus will be visible through small telescopes or binoculars, this part of the night sky can be viewed with the understanding that one is looking in the direction of some of the distant members of the solar system. Pluto will be located just above the planet Jupiter and to the west of the constellation Sagittarius. Neptune will lie within the northern boundaries of the constellation Capricornus, and Uranus will be amongst the stars of Pisces.

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A selection from Science Scope—November 2007

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  • on Fri Apr 22, 2011 4:13 PM

This article reveals the intriguing history behind the discovery of Neptune, the first planet to be discovered through mathematical calculations. Controversy over what scientist and country should have credit for the find gives the reader a glimpse of the highly competitive world of science in 1843. The article provides easy to understand information about the planet Neptune: number of moons, average temperatures, planet composition, etc. This is followed by a description of spotting planets in the night sky, where they will be located and best dates for viewing as per the article’s publication date of Nov 2007. The “Questions for Students” section provides a few questions that assist in article review and comprehension.

Sharon Winton
Sharon Winton

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