July 11, 2011

On July 11, 2011, the planet Neptune completed its first orbit around the sun since it was discovered by Johann Gottfried Galle on September 23, 1846. It only took Neptune 165 years or 60,182 Earth days to complete a Neptunian year. In the time it took Neptune to make one complete orbit, the people of Earth went from horse-and-buggy technology to sending spacecraft to photograph Neptune and its moons. Makes you wonder what we’ll be able to do by the time Neptune completes a second orbit, doesn’t it.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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