The second of the three ‘outer planets,’ Neptune is impossible to see with the naked eye, and was not discovered until 1846. Neptune is about the same size as Uranus but is twice as far away from the Sun. It is the outermost of the ‘gas giants’ — planets composed only of gases, with no solid core.
Neptune orbits the Sun every 165 years, and has a nearly perfect circular orbit. A day on Neptune is roughly sixteen hours. It has eight moons. Like Saturn, it has outer rings, and it also radiates more than twice as much energy as it receives from the Sun, another similarity to Saturn. The ‘blue planet’ has wild storms with the strongest winds of all planets.
From our perspective here on Earth, Neptune appears to be retrograde 44% of the time, and as always, the most important times are the stationary points, when the planet appears to be standing still as it changes direction.
During the stations, it’s best to take stock of your emotional state. Consider your feelings and how you respond to crises. You may need to process your emotions, especially concerning a loss of something or someone in your life.
Neptune’s orbit is longer than the human life span, so astrologers don’t look at Neptune Returns. However, shorter divisions of the Neptune cycle, such as the Neptune Square that occurs around age forty to forty-two years of age, are important milestones.
Neptune (Scholastic News Nonfiction Readers: Space Science) by Melanie Chrismer
Neptune is the most distant large gas giant in the outer solar system, about thirty times the distance of the Earth from the Sun. It’s a close twin of Uranus with a diameter of about 50,000 kilometers and very similar color and composition to Uranus. Neptune has a nearly circular orbit, and it was discovered using predictions from Newton’s law of gravity in 1846. It has one large moon, Triton, with rather unusual properties. Its orbit crosses that of Pluto, and so at some times in the orbit Neptune is more distant than Pluto.