Why does the earth rotate the direction it does?



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    The earth rotates around its north-south axis. The earth rotates towards the east (as observed from the north star). That is why the sun and moon seem to us to rotate from the east to the west, because we are moving the opposite direction. The direction of the earth’s spin is tied to the beginnings of earth. It is hypothesized that the earth was just a grouping of helium and hydrogen produced in the big bang, and then when a supernova near by collapsed, the cluster of elements was set on an angular momentum. This momentum built and started pulling more and more elements together until earth as we know it today was formed with the rotation speed we know now.

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