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Sidereal and Solar Days - Earths rotation

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Contrast the sidereal and solar days. How, and by roughly how much, would the length of the solar day change if Earth's rotation were suddenly to reverse direction?

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This solution help answer an astrophysics problem. It contrasts sidereal and solar days. It explains the length of the solar day and the process if the Earth's rotation was to reverse direction. Concepts such as long term effect of the impact, rotation periods and the orientation in space relative to distant stars are reviewed. The explanation is given in a 200 word essay with references. In text citations are also given.

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Problem: Contrast the sidereal and solar days. How, and by roughly how much, would the length of the solar day change if Earth's rotation were suddenly to reverse direction?

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It's often stated that life as we know it here on Earth is reliant on those actions in our Solar System. An orbital change could change weather and temperatures on a global front. ...

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