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The axes of rotation of the eight planets



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The axes of rotation of the eight planets
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The illustration shows that the axes of rotation of the planets in our solar system are tilted to various degrees. This was probably caused by collisions among the protoplanets from which the planets were formed.

Credit: Calvin J. Hamilton.