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# How long does it take for the Earth to make a complete rotation around the sun?

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The Earth completes a rotation around the sun, known as an orbit, in 365.24 days. Earth is located an average of 92.96 million miles from the sun, varying between the closest distance of 91.40 million miles and the furthest distance of 94.51 million miles.

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Earth travels along its orbit at a speed of 66,622 mph. The total circumference of Earth's orbit is a little over 584 million miles. Although an Earth day is equal to 24 hours, the planet actually completes a rotation around its axis, which is known as a sidereal orbit period, once every 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4.09 seconds.

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Earth makes a complete rotation every 24 hours. The Earth spins at 1,036 miles per hour at the equator while remaining near stationary at the poles.

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The Earth spinning on its axis is called its rotation. The time it takes for the planet to complete one spin is its rotation period. For Earth, this period of time is approximately 24 hours, or one Earth day.

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The dwarf planet Eris's orbit ranges between 37 and 96 astronomical units from Earth; that converts to approximately 3.4 and 8.9 billion miles. An astronomical unit (AU) is the distance between the Earth and sun and is approximately 93 million miles.