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Neptune Facts

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Neptune Facts

Astronomical facts

Neptune Mean Distance From Sun: 4,498,252,900 kilometers (2,795,084,800 miles).
Orbital period around the Sun: 164.79 Earth years (60,190 Earth days)
Distinguishing features: The main axis of Neptune’s magnetic field is ‘tipped over’ by about 47 degrees compared with the planet’s rotation axis. Like Uranus, whose magnetic axis is tilted about 60 degrees from the axis of rotation, Neptune’s magnetosphere undergoes wild variations during each rotation because of this misalignment. The magnetic field of Neptune is about 27 times more powerful than that of Earth.

Neptune‘s atmosphere extends to great depths, gradually merging into water and other ‘melted ices’ over a heavier, approximately Earth-sized solid core. Neptune’s blue color is the result of methane in the atmosphere. Uranus’ blue-green color is also the result of atmospheric methane, but Neptune is a more vivid, brighter blue, so there must be an unknown component that causes the more intense color that we see. The cause of Neptune’s bluish tinge remains a mystery.

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Zodiac Sign Rulership: Pisces

After Uranus comes Neptune, the god of the sea. Whereas Uranus is the urge for individual freedom and independence, Neptune is the urge to escape from our normal sense-bound state of consciousness, and experience our unity with a different level of reality.

In the birth chart, Neptune represents our higher ideals and our attunement to realities that lie beyond that perceived by the senses. It is the realm of dreams and imagination and our sense of being part of a whole which is greater than ourselves, the awareness of a spiritual dimension to existence. Neptune represents the urge to transcend our normal state of consciousness through meditation and mystical experience, music, dreams and flights of the imagination, or through drugs (including alcohol) which afford us a temporary escape from the mundane grind of living. Neptune can be expressed as high ideals, altruism and spiritual values, or as self destructive escapism and evasion of responsibilities. For most of us it is a mixture of both.

Neptune’s sign position in the chart shows where and how we seek to express these needs, and in what areas of our lives we tend to seek an often impossible ideal.

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