• Question: Why do some planets and galaxies spin backwards?

    Asked by miss chanandler bong to Anne, Florence, Mark, Neil, Sinead on 16 Nov 2015.
    • Photo: Sinead Balgobin

      Sinead Balgobin answered on 16 Nov 2015:

      This is most definitely not my area of expertise, so I don’t know, sorry!

    • Photo: Florence McCarthy

      Florence McCarthy answered on 16 Nov 2015:

      It all depends on perspective and what you consider as forwards and backwards. They might just be upside down!

    • Photo: Mark Collins

      Mark Collins answered on 16 Nov 2015:

      We are not sure about Uranus, I’m assuming thats the planet you are talking about as it spins on its side as all its moons also spin in that same sideways orbit! This is still one that NASA are investigating as with so much of science, they come up with a theory and then another group disproves it and it is back to their drawing board! As for galaxies, again we cannot be sure but we do think there could be inter-galaxy collisions that may have caused galaxies to appear anti-clockwise!