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Does the Sun spin?

All the planets of our solar system rotate in some way. They either spin fast or very slow but they all spin.

Can the same be said for our Sun? Does it spin like the planets or is it stationary?
Posted in Astronomy & Cosmology, asked by Philo, 6 years ago. 916 hits.


The Sun's rotation

Yes the Sun does rotate and spin. Like other bodies in space it has gravity but its rotation rate and nature is different to others such as solid planets.

The rotation can be seen by observing the “sunspots”.

An interesting fact is that the Sun rotates faster at the equator than the poles. Its rotation at the equator is about once every 25.6 days. Its rotation at the poles is about once every 33.5 days. That is the “actual rotation” rate which is a little different to the “apparent rotation” observed from Earth.

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