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What is spin-orbit coupling? How can I describe Mercury's unique orbit around the Sun? What has caused this strange phenomenon to occur?

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What is spin-orbit coupling?
Spin-orbit coupling occurs when two condensed matter systems (or solids) are stuck in a spin due to the coupling between orbital motion and the electron intrinsic angular momentnum. This partnership causes the two solids to become intermingled, and that is what makes spin-orbit coupling a unique event.
Modern astronomers include another aspect to spin-orbit coupling, stating that the tide causes the smaller object in the rotation to slow its rotation speed to equal that of the larger object.
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