Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Planets: Neptune

promotional samples ahead

I'm back! With more planetary action! I missed my deadline last week, but I've recovered about 70% of my brain (shhh, I'm generous) and I'm ready to get this show on the road. Today is the last "official" planet, as back in September 2006 Pluto was downgraded to a "minor planet" and then again to a "dwarf planet". Don't worry, we'll still be seeing Pluto here. Anyway, on with the show!


Neptune is the farthest planet from the sun. It rolls around the Sun at a whopping 30AU. One year for Neptune lasts a crazy 165 years here on Earth. It was also the first planet to be found with math rather than eyeballs. Now, I'm generally against math but this is kinda neat. Like it's neighbor Uranus, its considered an Ice Giant because it is cold...one of the coldest places in our system.

It is also a very windy place. Scientists (and probably aliens, yall) have clocked the winds at over 1,300mph. For context, the fastest non-tornado winds on Earth were 253mph. That'll give you a bad hair day, for sure.

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For the nails, I wanted to mimic the bands of clouds that are more obvious in the weather tracking pictures. I felt that, without that banding, Neptune and Uranus would end up looking awfully similar. I think that I captured this one pretty well and still managed to make them look distinct.

Colors Used:
Wet'n'Wild Saved by the Blue
Sally Hansen Insta Dri Blue Away
Octopus Party Baptism
Barielle Berry Blue
Sally Hansen Lustre Shine Moonstone
(nyc matte top coat)


So what did you guys think of this series? I am seriously considering continuing it to include the Asteroid Belt, the Kuiper Belt, the Oort Cloud, the dwarf planet Eris, and maybe even the Sun. Let me know in the comments if you think this is worth doing!




And, as always, here is some science for you!
http://space-facts.com/neptune/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neptune

http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Neptune

http://www.ssec.wisc.edu/media/Neptune2003.htm


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