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Assignment Questions

The History and Discovery of Planet Neptune

The Topic of the paper is The PLANET NEPTUNE
Here are the guidelines for the paper
1. Describe the name, history of discovery, and study.
2. Explain the atmospheric conditions (surface temperature, components of atmosphere, gases, humidity).
3. Describe the characteristics of the celestial body (equatorial diameter, mass, average density, escape velocity, albedo (cloud tops)), including comparison to the Earth.
4. Explain the path of movement of your celestial body. (Motion, average distance from Sun (or, in the case of a moon, the planet it is orbiting), maximum and minimum distances, inclination of orbit, orbit period, period of rotation.)
5. Describe the personality of the celestial body. Include graphics, information about clouds, moons, rings, volcanism, magnetism, weather, and major surface features. Can you see it in the sky? Where? When? Have there been space probes?
As you discuss the information, be sure to discuss how scientists learned this information.
Make sure all material is presented in APA format. You should be able to identify where all graphics are borrowed from as well. You should include visual aids, such as tables, images, and so forth in your presentation for which you will need to apply APA documentation format accordingly.
A helpful guide and examles of APA formatting is available at https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/. Also, the Baker College Library has an extremely useful APA guide, at http://guides.baker.edu/ apahelp. It even includes a Word template that’s pre-formatted for APA.
Your final project must have a minimum of five appropriate references, not counting encyclopedias, dictionaries and your course materials, such as your textbook, though you’ll probably want to include your textbook as a source, too. Examples of appropriate sources include credible websites, such as NASA.gov, ESA.int, SkyandTelescope.com, Astronomy.com and professional sites of major universities and research institutions (some of these sites will also have student papers available – avoid using those). Peer reviewed articles retrieved from the Baker Library are also appropriate. Currency is especially important in astronomy; make sure that your references are recent. If you are not sure about the appropriateness of a source, check with your instructor.

Listed are some references to use:
The research paper topic I have chosen to write about will be on the planet of Neptune. Listed below are some references I plan on using for my research. Some of these are books and others are peer reviewed journals.

• Vogt, G. (1993). Neptune. Brookfield, Conn: Millbrook Press.
• Kerrod, R. (2000). Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Books.
• Kte’pi, B. (2014). Neptune. Salem Press Encyclopedia.
• Grosser, M. (1962). The discovery of Neptune. Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1962.
• James, C. R., & Sheehan, W. (2011). Neptune comes full circle: as Neptune completes a full orbit since its discovery, it’s a good time to reflect on one of the greatest stories in astronomy lore. Sky & Telescope, (1). 28.
• Chaisson, E., & McMillan, S. (2014). Charting the Heavens. In Astronomy today Eighth ed. San Francisco: Pearson education. (Class Text Book)
This is rough outline of the way the paper should flow
Intro- Neptune is the big, blue, beautiful and mysterious gas giant…
I. Discovery of Neptune
A. First Discover
1. Telescope
2. Galileo
B. Second Discovery and Official Discovery
1. Mathematics
2. Galle, Adams, Le Verrier
II. Neptune the Planet
A. Atmospheric Conditions
1. The Ground
2. The Air
B. Characteristics
1. Diameter
2. Mass
3. Density
4. Comparison to Earth
III. Neptune’s Path of Movement
A. Farthest from the Sun
1. Orbit Planet
2. Orbit Period
B. Compare to Earth and Other Planets
1. How old
2. Is man able to visit via spacecraft?
3. Is it habitable?

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