Earth's rotation, artwork

Earth's rotation, artwork

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Credit: DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Earth's rotation. Computer artwork of the Earth, showing its rotation and the apparent movement of the Moon, Sun and planets in relation to it. The vertical yellow axis is perpendicular to Earth's orbit around the Sun and the red axis is Earth's rotational axis (rotating west to east). The Moon is moving in the same direction (west to east) but the planets and the Sun appear to be moving in the opposite direction (east to west).

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