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Jeff Kish

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Does the Sun rotate like the Earth?
« on: 01/09/2008 18:49:00 »
Jeff Kish asked the Naked Scientists:

Does the Sun rotate just like the Earth?

What do you think?


 

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Does the Sun rotate like the Earth?
« Reply #1 on: 01/09/2008 19:35:16 »
The sun's rotation is more like Jupiter's: the surface is gaseous and the equator rotates faster than the poles.
 

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Does the Sun rotate like the Earth?
« Reply #2 on: 14/09/2008 11:27:07 »
Yes, the Sun is spinning on its own axis, but because the Sun is effectively a fluid rather than a solid (like Earth) the movement of that fluid, as RD suggests, is not uniform across the Sun's surface. The equator rotates about every 5 days whilst the poles rotate about every 30 days.

We have interviewed Chris Davis, from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, about his astrophysics research on a couple of occasions:

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/content/interviews/interview/395/
http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/content/interviews/interview/897/

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Does the Sun rotate like the Earth?
« Reply #3 on: 14/09/2008 12:05:59 »
With the Earth having so much surface water, would the same principles of fluid dynamics not apply to some extent?
 

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