Astronomy Cast Ep. 181: Rotation

Article written: 23 Apr , 2010
Updated: 22 Jan , 2016

Rotation. Credit: Michael Owen, John Blondin (North Carolina State Univ.)

Everything in the Universe is spinning. In fact, without this rotation, life on Earth wouldn’t exist. We need the conservation of angular momentum to flatten out galaxies and solar systems, to make planets possible. Let’s find out about the physics involved with everything that spins, and finally figure out the difference between centripetal and centrifugal force.

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1 Response

  1. Hon. Salacious B. Crumb says

    Hooray! At last, something of significance that novices understand little about. Who knows, it might get rid of the many misconceptions about behaviours of stellar and nebulous objects or star formation.

    Hope there is Part 2!

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