Does the sun rotate?

The sun’s permanent position in the sky, plus the fact that Earth and the other planets revolve around it, may give the impression that it is static and does not move or rotate.

Yet we have been aware that the sun rotates since the 17th century. Like the majority of the solar system’s planets, this rotation is counter-clockwise, but as well as being significantly slower than Earth’s rotation, the sun’s rotation is much more complex.

How we know the sun rotates

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