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The Planets: Neptune

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


15 comments:

  1. I am staunchly pro-space manicures :) keep them coming! (To give you an idea of how much I like these - I could count on two hands the number of times I've commented on a blog in the last 6 years. Two of those comments have been about this series lol)

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    1. that might be the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me!

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    2. Agree, I am delighted by these posts. I subscribed to this blog in part because 'pretty' and 'science' in the same blog, and I'm never disappointed when things get sciency here.

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    3. I'm gonna have to keep the science up then.

      Also, glad to see someone with a correctly spelled name!

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  2. I would love to see them! Especially the sun.

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    1. The Sun is gonna take some planning.

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  3. One of the best nail arts I've seen! Great job, I wish I could be able to replicate it on my nails... Alas, I'm a terrible clutz haha. Oh btw, do you have a review of Vain Pursuits? I'd love to hear what you have to say abt them!

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    1. Thank you!

      I don't think I've ever heard of Vain Pursuits...

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  4. Gorgeous! I've loved them all! More space nails, plz! :)

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    1. Looks like the vote is for more space. :)

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  5. Yes, I love this series so I want more!

    Also, I am stupidly happy to hear you are doing Pluto. Pluto, you'll always be a planet to me!!

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    1. I've been informed that the locks might be changed if Pluto doesn't get a feature...

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