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Evolution of the spin of Venus

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Abstract

Evolutionary sequences of the Venusian sidereal rotation period, and of its obliquity, under the action of solar gravitational torques on the body of the planet and on its atmosphere are here presented. They show that Venus’ initial configuration in the early history of the solar system may well have been of rotation period between 33 and 48 days with an angle of obliquity of about 170°.

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McCue, J., Dormand, J.R. Evolution of the spin of Venus. Earth Moon Planet 63, 209–225 (1993). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00572469

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Keywords

  • Atmosphere
  • Torque
  • Solar System
  • Initial Configuration
  • Rotation Period