Tag Archives: Astronomy

Why do Venus and Uranus Rotate Clockwise from the other Planets ?

Collision with an asteroid

  • Venus rotates clockwise while Uranus rolls on its side as it orbits the Sun.
  • Venus‘s tilt is 177 degrees and, Uranus‘s axial tilt is 98  degrees. So they’re both considered to  have retrograde rotation.

Planets Rotation

  • 2 large impacts in Venus’s history. The first impact’s result was a satellite for Venus but after 10 million years Venus encountered another gigantic impact on the opposite side of the planet from the first impact which reversed its rotation and the satellite it once had spiraled in and collided with the planet itself.
  • Uranus also had counterclockwise rotation until a gigantic impact changed everything.

Solar System

The meteor Effect

The meteor Effect

Venus and Uranus Rotate Backwards

Why does the Sun Rise in the East and Set in the West ?

Because Earth rotates toward the East.

The sun stays in its position at the center of our solar system. It doesn’t rise and set. But it appears to rise and set because of the Earth’s rotation on its axis. It makes one complete turn every 24 hours. It turns toward the east. That’s why the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars all rise in the east and make their way westward across the sky.

Sunrise and Sunset

Why does the Sun rise in the East and set in the West

Earth rotates toward East

How does the Sun move