Every planet in our solar system except for Venus and Uranus rotates counter-clockwise as seen from above the North Pole; that is to say, from west to east. This is the same direction in which all the planets orbit the sun.
Considering this, how do the planets move around the sun?
Newton realized that the reason the planets orbit the Sun is related to why objects fall to Earth when we drop them. The Sun's gravity pulls on the planets, just as Earth's gravity pulls down anything that is not held up by some other force and keeps you and me on the ground.
Do all the planets orbit the sun in the same direction?
It is from this orbiting matter that all the planets form, and of course, they are also spinning and orbiting in the same direction because of the conservation of angular momentum. There are two outliers in the solar system which seem to break the rules about conserving momentum — Uranus and Venus.
Do the planets orbit clockwise or counterclockwise?
Venus and possibly Uranus are the exceptions to the counterclockwise rotations of the planets. Venus travels around the sun once every 225 Earth days but it rotates clockwise once every 243 days.
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