Which Planet Rotates Vertically Instead of Horizontally?

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Planets that rotate vertically instead of horizontally include Uranus, among others. Find out which planet rotates vertically instead of horizontally with help from an educational professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Eylene Pirez, and I'm an astrophysicist and this is, "Which planet rotates vertically instead of horizontally?" So the planet that you are thinking about is Uranus and let's say that this is the orbital plane and the actual equator of the planet is tilted by 98 degrees which is quite a lot so it's practically just rolling on its side rather than actually spinning like a top which we generally visualize planets as. So the North Pole would be here and the South Pole would be here and they are under direct sunlight unlike most of the other planets which are flipped on the North and South Pole. My name is Eylene Pirez, and I'm an astrophysicist, and Uranus is the planet that rotates vertically instead of horizontally.

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