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Does the Earth rotate clockwise or counterclockwise?

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giormar | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 25, 2008 at 12:10 AM via web

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Does the Earth rotate clockwise or counterclockwise?

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted November 25, 2008 at 1:28 AM (Answer #1)

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...and if you look down on the solar system from the direction of the North Star, you'd see that all major planets in the same plane circling the sun counterclockwise, and each rotating on its axis counterclockwise, with the exception of Uranus, which rotates on its side, and Venus, which rotates clockwise.

The New Intelligent Man's Guide to Science,  pg. 87, I. Asimov,1965

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted November 25, 2008 at 12:27 AM (Answer #2)

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But if you're looking down at the earth while standing on the south pole, it rotates clockwise!

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 25, 2008 at 12:17 AM (Answer #3)

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If you're looking down on the earth from above the North Pole, it rotates counter-clockwise.

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stanpeel | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 25, 2008 at 1:52 AM (Answer #4)

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It's either a trick question or the poser is unfamiliar with spacial relations.

If you look down on the north pole, it would have a counterclockwise rotation; but if you look down upon the south pole it would be clockwise.

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Jyotsana | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted February 23, 2014 at 6:53 AM (Answer #5)

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The earth rotate counterclockwise.

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