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How is rotation different then revolution?

Updated: 8/10/2023

Wiki User

12y ago

A rotation is an object spinning around its own axis once, such as one day on Earth.

A revolution is an object making a full transit around an external axis point, such as one year on Earth.

Wiki User

10y ago

Wiki User

12y ago

As I am aware, the primary difference is prevalent in Astronomy, where rotation is to spin on an axis and revolution is to move around something. For example: When Earth has completed its orbit around the Sun, it has made on revolution around the Sun. When one Earth Day has passed, its has rotated once on its axis.

Wiki User

7y ago

Something (like a top) rotates on its axis and a "rotation" is a single complete cycle of such motion.

Something (like a planet) revolves round a point outside itself (eg the Sun) and a "revolution" is a single complete cycle of such orbital motion.

Wiki User

9y ago

In astronomical terms, we use the word "rotation" to refer to the motion of an object spinning; the Earth spins, and rotates around its axis in one day.

Revolution refers to the movement of an object around another object. The Earth revolves around the Sun, taking 365.24 days.

In some cases, the time of revolution and the time of rotation is the same; the Moon revolves around the Earth and rotates around its own axis just fast enough to keep the same face turned toward the Earth. Because the way tidal mechanics works, it isn't all that unusual for the revolution and rotation times to be equal.

Wiki User

11y ago

earth rotates on axis while it revolves around the sun

Wiki User

7y ago

The term rotation refers to the Earth turning on its axis once per day.

The term revolution refers to the earth circling the sun once per year.

Wiki User

11y ago

If a planet was in revolution it would be orbiting something if it was in rotation

it would just be spinning.

I think lol :P

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