Why Venus Rotates, Slowly, Despite Sun’s Powerful Gravitational Pull

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The planet’s atmosphere explains the gravity of the situation. Venus, Earth’s sister planet would likely not rotate, if not for its soupy, fast-moving atmosphere. Instead, Venus would be fixed in place, always facing the sun the way the same side of the moon always faces Earth. The gravity of a large object in space can keep a smaller object from spinning, a phenomenon called tidal locking (...

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