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Neptune: Researchers Observe Amazing Change

The warming of the planet is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. But temperatures are not only changing on Earth. Astronomers have made a surprising discovery on Neptune.

Neptune is considered the coldest planet in the solar system. But researchers have made an amazing discovery at the planet’s south pole.


The eighth planet Neptune is a gas planet like Jupiter and Saturn. It is bitterly cold on it, for Neptune receives little heat from the Sun as it orbits at a great distance from it. With temperatures between -201°C and -218°C, Neptune is one of the coldest places in the solar system. Astronomers have now made an amazing discovery.

For 17 years, an international team of astronomers has been studying Neptune with ground-based telescopes. Among other things, this captured Very Large Telescope (VLT) of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) the temperatures in the atmosphere of the gas planet. They discovered a surprising drop in global temperatures and dramatic warming at Neptune’s south pole.

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