Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsAstronomy & Space · 1 decade ago

Does the sun revolve round an axis? And if so do all stars in the Universe do likewise?

Also what determines there speed of rotation?

18 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Yes they all do, for the same reason that water swirls when it goes down a plughole; conservation of angular momentum. A star starts off as a large cloud of gas and dust which clumps together under gravity. If there's even a little bit of swirling motion, as there always is, in the cloud or the water in the bath, then as it comes closer together the rotational speed increases. Similarly when a rotating ice skater brings her outstretched arms together. What determines speed of rotation? The total angular momentum of the system to begin with. Your angular momentum about an axis is equal to your speed perpendicular to that axis times your distance from it. Add that up for each particle in the cloud or water molecule in the bath and you've got total angular momentum. Two particles moving in opposite directions cancel out, but the chances of a large mass having zero net angular momentum are zilch.

  • 1 decade ago

    The sun does indeed rotate on an axis. That is why sunspots appear to move on the sun.

    One other thing to know is that the sun's rotation is wobbled because Jupiter also exerts a gravitational pull on the sun.

    That is how astronomers indirectly test for the existance of planets in distant stars.

  • 1 decade ago

    No, all stars do not rotate nor do they rotate in the direction of our sun. A binary star system might rotate arounds each other. But if one of the binary stars is a black hole then the mass of the black hole might just strip the star of matter then stopping the star from rotating. Or the black hole can be also with out rotation and draw the start to a stop. A red gaint reaching the end of it's life cycle might completely stop before collapesing upon it's self.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes the sun, whole universe including all the objects whether natural of man made (in space) rotate in their own axis.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes; but being a non-solid the period of rotation varies with latitude. Yes; all stars rotate because, all stars form by the gravitational collapse of gas. The collapsing gas forms into a rotating disk that speeds up as it gets smaller. Look up "conservation of angular momentum"

  • 1 decade ago

    The Sun rotates around its own axis of 22.4 degrees

    It revolves in itw own elliptical orbit around the spiral galaxy

    Source(s): SNS
  • 1 decade ago

    for basic knonledge:

    1] Yes all celestial bodies revolve around own axix and at the same time they do rotate.

    2] the speed of rotation depends on both internal factors like mass and volumes and on eternal factors like the ratio of masses and its orbital length.

  • 1 decade ago

    yes .near the equator of sun it takes 27 days to complete one rotation.but near its poles it takes 30 days to complete a rotation.the speed of rotation is dependent on the expansion of gases the sun made up of

  • 1 decade ago

    The planets and all the stars are on axes and they revolve around the sun.

  • 1 decade ago

    No. Sun and stars are on its steady state. it don't have the capability to revolve on an axis as some planets do.

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