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


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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