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# How long does it take for the Earth to spin once?

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Earth makes a complete rotation every 24 hours. The Earth spins at 1,036 miles per hour at the equator while remaining near stationary at the poles.

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Since Earth's orbit around the sun is slightly elliptical, the planet is an average of 93 million miles from the sun. It takes 365 days for Earth to make a full orbit around the sun while speeding at 67,000 mph. In comparison, Jupiter makes a full rotation every 10 hours and takes 12 years to go around the sun, while Neptune takes 165 years to make an orbit around the sun and 16 hours to fully rotate.

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The Earth completes a rotation around the sun, known as an orbit, in 365.24 days. Earth is located an average of 92.96 million miles from the sun, varying between the closest distance of 91.40 million miles and the furthest distance of 94.51 million miles.

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The direction of the rotation of the Earth is dependent on which hemisphere is viewing it. In the Northern Hemisphere the rotation appears counter-clockwise, while from the Southern Hemisphere the spin looks clockwise. This is due to what is called the Coriolis effect.

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Mars makes a complete rotation on its axis every 24 hours and 37 minutes. The length of a day on Mars is only 39 minutes and 35 seconds longer than the length of a day on Earth.