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Does the sun rotate?

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The sun does rotate, but the parts of the sun don't rotate at the same rate. This happens because the sun is composed of gas.

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The sun's poles take about 36 days to rotate around its axis, which is tilted by 7.25 degrees. The equator's rotation takes about 26 days, while the 60-degree latitudes take about 31 days to rotate. These values indicate the synodic rotation of the sun. This is the time it takes for a person standing on Earth to see a fixed object, such as a sunspot or flare, return to the same place on the sun.

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