Something strange is happening inside of Neptune

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Something strange is happening inside of Neptune

a Mysterious source of heat, Neptune can be associated with a giant hurricane that could occur in the atmosphere

Neptune — cold giant, perched on the very edge of the Solar system. In 1989, for the first time able to send data about this bright blue planet and its 6 new moons, and could make the first pictures of the planet's rings and a heavy storm raging in the atmosphere of the icy planet. Despite the fact that Neptune is farther from the Uranium, the latter has exactly the same temperature, despite a closer location to the Sun. Such a curious fact indicates that the Neptune may be an additional source of heat, which currently remains a mystery to researchers. So what can be this mysterious “heater” the planet named after the God of the seas and oceans?

What's happening inside the planet — the frost giant?

As the portal , Neptune is the most remote from the Sun world, whose temperature we can measure only the outer layers of its atmosphere in the absence of the planet a solid surface. Despite the fact that Neptune receives much less sunlight than its nearest neighbor, Uranus, its average temperatures indicate the presence of a strange source of extra heat, which in theory should not be at such a far distance from the parent star.

The Voyager Measurements show that Neptune radiates into space two times more energy than it receives from the Sun. According to calculations, the most warm a giant planet can rightly be considered , which emits nearly twice as much heat than it absorbs; for is Saturn, and then Neptune, Uranus leaving aside because of lack of opportunity to generate additional heat, in addition, that the planet receives from the Sun.

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Scientists believe that the additional heat source on Neptune is largely due to the gravitational compression inside the planet, at which a large object slowly shrinks, turning its potential energy into heat that is then released into the surrounding giant planet space. In addition, the ability to provide additional heat often depends on the age of a particular planet. Thus, Uranium may be much older than Neptune due to the lack of any different from the Sun heating source.

Uranium — cold and featureless ice world

The Winds on Neptune can also contribute to additional heating of the giant planet. The presence of powerful hurricanes in the atmosphere of ice giant is a natural phenomenon due to the lack of on the planet of any surface. So, on Land, strong winds and tornadoes partially dissipated due to frictional effects of the wind on the surface, which largely gives the opportunity for living organisms to evolve without any significant obstacles. In addition, the winds of Neptune are generated, apparently in deep layers of the giant planet, deeper than may penetrate the sunlight. So “successful” location makes the hurricanes the most powerful planet in the Solar system, with average speeds of up to 600 meters per second.

Computer modeling shows that the winds of the frost giant can be partly attributed to the latent heat of condensation of some very familiar elements such as water.

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An Example of Neptune and Uranus shows that the planets formed in similar conditions, can simultaneously provide two extremes. Researchers believe that knowledge of the processes occurring at the boundary of our Solar system, helps us to understand better models of how the planets were formed in the distant past, and to further explore the mechanisms of formation of those or other climatic conditions.

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