Is mostly gas surrounding a liquid ocean and a rocky core.
eighth planet from the Sun
outermost gas planet
has an equatorial diameter of 30, 760 miles (and is
larger than Uranus by mass (but smaller by radius)
orbits the Sun once every 165 years
mass is 1.0247 x 1026 kilograms and has a volume
large enough to contain around sixty Earths
has eight satellites, six found by Voyager.
Largest is Triton- orbits planet in direction opposite that of the other
Has a set of four narrow
rings comprised of dust particles from the collisions between the
planet's moons and small meteorites.
Interesting feature – high altitude clouds on the
surface, long and bright, from 30 to 100 miles wide, extending for thousands of
miles, casting shadows on lower clouds
The Great Dark Spot (GDS) – hurricane-like storm
- one of most prominent features of the surface.
In contrast to Great Red Spot on Jupiter, the GDS is very dark and about
a third the size (can fit about one Earth inside)
named after the god of the Sea in Roman Mythology: