The eighth planet from the Sun (mean distance about 30 A.U.) and the fourth largest by diameter (49,532 km). Neptune is composed of various "ices" and rock with about 15% hydrogen and a little helium. Its atmosphere is mostly hydrogen and helium with a small amount of methane. Its blue color is largely the result of absorption of red light by methane in the atmosphere. Neptune has 13 known moons.
Named for the Roman god of the sea, Gk. Poseidon.