Does the Earth rotate clockwise or counterclockwise?

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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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 1) Educator

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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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stanpeel | eNotes Newbie

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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.