Although all of the planets orbit the sun in the same direction (eastward), they do not all rotate in a single direction. Most planets also rotate on their axes in an eastward direction. However, Venus, Uranus, and Pluto rotate on their axes in a westward direction. This is known as retrograde rotation.
Quick correction, with best of intentions: retrograde motion is the term for when planets appear, as seen from earth, to move backwards in the sky. All planets orbit the sun in the same direction, but sometimes they appear to go the opposite way. That is just the angle of the earth and the view of that planet against the stars. If you click on the link below, it gives you a motion visual of retrograde motion.
I believe Valeriec is referring to the rotation (not the revolution around the sun). Venus, Uranus, and Pluto have retrograde rotation, opposite to the direction of rotation of earth and the other planets.
You’re right about that. I also meant to put this link as a citation for my facts: http://cseligman.com/text/sky/retrograde.htm
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