A sphere rotating around its axis. A rotation is a movement of an object in a circular motion. A twodimensional object rotates around a center (or point) of rotation. A threedimensional object rotates around a line called an axis. If the axis of rotation is within the body, the body is said to rotate upon itself, or spin—which implies relative speed and perhaps freemovement with angular momentum. A circular motion about an external point, e.g. the Earth about the Sun, is called an orbit or more properly an orbital revolution. The term rotation can be used in several way and includes various topics. ...
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A spatial point is an entity with a location in space but no extent (volume, area or length). ...
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This gyroscope remains upright while spinning due to its angular momentum. ...
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Two bodies with a slight difference in mass orbiting around a common barycenter. ...
Orbital revolution is the cyclical path taken by one object around another object (or point, line, etc. ...
Mathematics

Rotation of a planar figure around a point Mathematically, a rotation is, unlike a translation, a rigid body movement which keeps a point fixed. This definition applies to rotations within both two and three dimensions (in a plane and in space, respectively.) A rotation in threedimensional space keeps an entire line fixed, i.e. a rotation in threedimensional space is a rotation around an axis. This follows from Euler's rotation theorem. In the threedimensional space, the possible moves of a rigid body are rotations and translations. ...
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In Euclidean geometry, translation is a transformation of Euclidean space which moves every point by a fixed distance in the same direction. ...
In physics, a rigid body is an idealization of a solid body of finite size in which deformation is neglected. ...
In mathematics, Eulers rotation theorem states that any rotation has an axis. ...
All rigid body movements are rotations, translations, or combinations of the two. If a rotation around a point or axis is followed by a second rotation around the same point/axis, a third rotation results. The reverse (inverse) of a rotation is also a rotation. Thus, the rotations around a point/axis form a group. However, a rotation around a point or axis and a rotation around a different point/axis may result in something other than a rotation, e.g. a translation. In mathematics, the inverse of an element x, with respect to an operation *, is an element x such that their compose gives a neutral element. ...
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The principal axes of rotation in space Rotations around the x, y and z axes are called principal rotations. Rotation around any axis can be performed by taking a rotation around the x axis, followed by a rotation around the y axis, and followed by a rotation around the z axis. That is to say, any spatial rotation can be decomposed into a combination of principal rotations. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 Ã— 600 pixelsFull resolution (2048 Ã— 1536 pixel, file size: 836 KB, MIME type: image/png) This image is supposed to replace the jpgcompressed version, Image:Flight dynamics. ...
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In flight dynamics, the principal rotations are known as pitch, roll and yaw (known as TaitBryan angles). This terminology is also used in computer graphics. Flight dynamics is the science of air and space vehicle orientation and control in three dimensions. ...
In geometry, TaitBryan angles are three angles used to describe a general rotation in threedimensional Euclidean space by three successive rotations, once about the xaxis, once about the yaxis, and once about the zaxis. ...
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 See also: curl, cyclic permutation, Euler angles, rigid body, rotation around a fixed axis, rotation group, rotation matrix, axis angle, quaternion, and isometry
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A cyclic permutation is a permutation that shifts all elements of given ordered set by a fixed offset, with the elements shifted off the end inserted back at the beginning in the same order, i. ...
Euler angles are a means of representing the spatial orientation of an object. ...
In physics, a rigid body is an idealization of a solid body of finite size in which deformation is neglected. ...
The simplest threedimensional case of rotation is rotation of a body about a fixed axis of rotation: each point of the body moves in a plane perpendicular to the axis, carrying out a circular motion, with the circle centered at the intersection of the plane and the axis. ...
In mechanics and geometry, the rotation group is the set of all rotations about the origin of 3dimensional Euclidean space, R3. ...
A rotation matrix is a matrix which when multiplied by a vector has the effect of changing the direction of the vector but not its magnitude. ...
The axis angle representation of a rotation parameterizes a rotation by two values: an axis, or a line, and an angle describing the magnitude of the rotation about the axis. ...
In mathematics, the quaternions are a noncommutative extension of the complex numbers. ...
In mathematics, an isometry, isometric isomorphism or congruence mapping is a distancepreserving isomorphism between metric spaces. ...
Astronomy In astronomy, rotation is a commonly observed phenomenon. Stars, planets and similar bodies all spin around on their axes (the plural of axis). The rotation rate of planets in the solar system was first measured by tracking visual features. Stellar rotation is measured through Doppler shift or by tracking active surface features. For other uses, see Astronomy (disambiguation). ...
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The word axis has several meanings: In mathematics, axis can mean: A straight line around which a geometric figure can be rotated. ...
This illustration shows the oblate appearance of the star Achernar caused by rapid rotation. ...
The Doppler effect is the apparent change in frequency or wavelength of a wave that is perceived by an observer moving relative to the source of the waves. ...
This rotation induces a centrifugal acceleration which slightly counteracts the effect of gravity the closer one is to the equator. One effect is that an object weighs slightly less at the equator. Another is that the Earth is slightly deformed into an oblate spheroid. Centrifugal force (from Latin centrum center and fugere to flee) is a term which may refer to two different forces which are related to rotation. ...
World map showing the equator in red In tourist areas, the equator is often marked on the sides of roads The equator marked as it crosses IlhÃ©u das Rolas, in SÃ£o TomÃ© and PrÃncipe. ...
Oblate also refers to a member of the Roman Catholic religious order of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, or in some cases to a lay or religious person who has officially associated himself (or herself) with a monastic community such as the Benedictines for reasons of personal enrichment without...
Another consequence of the rotation of a planet is the phenomenon of precession. Like a gyroscope, the overall effect is a slight "wobble" in the movement of the axis of a planet. Currently the tilt of the Earth's axis to its orbital plane (obliquity of the ecliptic) is 23.45 degrees, but this angle changes slowly (over thousands of years). (See also Precession of the equinoxes and Pole star.) Precession redirects here. ...
A gyroscope For other uses, see Gyroscope (disambiguation). ...
This article is about Earth as a planet. ...
The Obliquity of the ecliptic is the angle between the plane of the Earths equator and the ecliptic plane in which the Earth rotates around the Sun. ...
Precession of the equinoxes refers to the precession of the Earths axis of rotation. ...
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Rotation and revolution 
While revolution is often used as a synonym for rotation, in many fields, particularly astronomy and related fields, revolution, often referred to as orbital revolution for clarity, is used when one body moves around another while rotation is used to mean the movement around an axis. Moons revolve about their planet, planets revolve about their star (such as the Earth around the Sun); and stars slowly revolve about their galaxial center. The motion of the components of galaxies is complex, but it usually includes a rotation component. Orbital revolution is the cyclical path taken by one object around another object (or point, line, etc. ...
NGC 4414, a typical spiral galaxy in the constellation Coma Berenices, is about 56,000 light years in diameter and approximately 60 million light years distant. ...
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The Moon makes one complete rotation during one complete orbital revolution around the Earth (an effect called tidal locking) so that the same side of the Moon always faces the Earth (the other side is called the far side of the Moon). Tidal locking makes one side of an astronomical body always face another, like the Moon facing the Earth. ...
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Retrograde rotation 
Most planets in our solar system, including Earth, spin in the same direction as they orbit the Sun. The exceptions are Venus and Uranus. Uranus rotates nearly on its side relative to its orbit. Current speculation is that Uranus started off with a typical prograde orientation and was knocked on its side by a large impact early in its history. Venus may be thought of as rotating slowly backwards (or being "upside down"). The dwarf planet Pluto (formerly considered a planet) is anomalous in this and other ways. This article is about retrograde motion. ...
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Artists impression of Pluto (background) and Charon (foreground). ...
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Physics 
The speed of rotation is given by the angular frequency (rad/s) or frequency (turns/s, turns/min), or period (seconds, days, etc.). The timerate of change of angular frequency is angular acceleration (rad/s²), This change is caused by torque. The ratio of the two (how heavy is it to start, stop, or otherwise change rotation) is given by the moment of inertia. This gyroscope remains upright while spinning due to its angular momentum. ...
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Moment of inertia, also called mass moment of inertia and, sometimes, the angular mass, (SI units kg mÂ², Former British units slug ft2), is the rotational analog of mass. ...
The angular velocity vector also describes the direction of the axis of rotation. Similarly the torque is a vector. Angular velocity describes the speed of rotation and the orientation of the instantaneous axis about which the rotation occurs. ...
According to the righthand rule, the direction away from the observer is associated with clockwise rotation and the direction towards the observer with counterclockwise rotation, like a screw. The lefthanded orientation is shown on the left, and the righthanded on the right. ...
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 See also: rotational energy, angular velocity, centrifugal force, centripetal force, circular motion, circular orbit, Coriolis effect, spin (physics), rotational spectroscopy, and Rigid body dynamics#Rigid body angular momentum
The rotational energy or angular kinetic energy is the kinetic energy due to the rotation of an object and is part of its total kinetic energy. ...
Angular velocity describes the speed of rotation and the orientation of the instantaneous axis about which the rotation occurs. ...
Centrifugal force (from Latin centrum centre and fugere to flee) is a term which may refer to two different forces which are related to rotation. ...
The centripetal force is the external force required to make a body follow a circular path at constant speed. ...
In physics, circular motion is rotation along a circle: a circular path or a circular orbit. ...
In astrodynamics or celestial mechanics a circular orbit is an elliptic orbit with the eccentricity equal to 0. ...
In the inertial frame of reference (upper part of the picture), the black object moves in a straight line. ...
In physics, spin refers to the angular momentum intrinsic to a body, as opposed to orbital angular momentum, which is the motion of its center of mass about an external point. ...
Rotational spectroscopy or microwave spectroscopy studies the absorption and emission of electromagnetic radiation (typically in the microwave region of the electromagnetic spectrum) by molecules associated with a corresponding change in the rotational quantum number of the molecule. ...
In physics, rigid body dynamics is the study of the motion of a rigid object. ...
Aviation In flight dynamics, the principal rotations are known as pitch, roll and yaw. The term rotation is also used in aviation to refer to the upward pitch (nose moves up) of an aircraft, particularly when starting the climb after takeoff. Flight dynamics is the science of air and space vehicle orientation and control in three dimensions. ...
Amusement rides Many amusement rides provide rotation. A Ferris wheel and observation wheel have a horizontal central axis, and parallel axes for each gondola, where the rotation is opposite, by gravity or mechanically. As a result at any time the orientation of the gondola is upright (not rotated), just translated. The tip of the translation vector describes a circle. A carousel provides rotation about a vertical axis. Many rides provide a combination of rotations about several axes. In ChairOPlanes the rotation about the vertical axis is provided mechanically, while the rotation about the horizontal axis is due to the centrifugal force. In roller coaster inversions the rotation about the horizontal axis is one or more full cycles, where the centrifugal force keeps people in their seats. 4 second exposure night photography . ...
A Ferris wheel on the boardwalk in Ocean City, New Jersey, USA. A Ferris wheel (or, more commonly in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland [UK], big wheel) is a nonbuilding structure consisting of an upright wheel with passenger gondolas suspended from the rim. ...
Singapore Flyer (under construction) The British Airways London Eye observation wheel on the banks of the River Thames near the Houses of Parliament, London, England Five capsules of the London Eye observation wheel. ...
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A ChairOPlanes ride with a tilting top Stationary ChairOPlanes showing chairs on hanging chains. ...
Centrifugal force (from Latin centrum centre and fugere to flee) is a term which may refer to two different forces which are related to rotation. ...
An inversion on Black Mamba (2006) in Phantasialand of BrÃ¼hl, Germany A roller coaster inversion is an element of a roller coaster track that turns riders upsidedown and then rights them. ...
Sports Rotation, usually called spin, plays a role in many sports. Topspin and backspin in tennis. English, follow and draw in billiards and pool. Curve balls in baseball and spin bowling in cricket. Table tennis paddles are specialized to allow players to spin the ball as they hit it. For other uses, see Tennis (disambiguation). ...
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Curveball Pitch Curveball Pitch The curveball is a type of pitch in baseball thrown with a grip and hand motion that imparts forward spin to the ball. ...
Spin bowling, sometimes known as slow bowling, is a technique used for bowling in the sport of cricket. ...
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 When a Triangle is Equilateral at cuttheknot
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