Which Planets Have Retrograde Rotation?


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The planets in our solar system that have retrograde rotation are Venus, Uranus and Pluto. Retrograde rotation refers to a planet, moon or other object that rotates in the opposite direction of the general rotation in a solar system.

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The term "retrograde rotation" can also refer to the illusion that the planets change direction in the sky. This is caused by the motion of Earth as it passes a slower-moving planet. The changing view and different speeds of the planets can make them appear to move backwards. This can be strange to witness, but is an illusion of backwards motion.

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