With reference to the solar system, consider the following statements:

1. All planets except Venus revolve around the sun in the same direction i.e. from west to east

2. The direction of rotation of planets on their axis is also the same as the direction of their revolution around the sun

Which among the above is / are correct statements?

Answer: [D] Neither 1 nor 2

All of the planets move around the Sun in a direct (eastward) direction, but three of them (Venus, Uranus and Pluto) rotate in a retrograde (westward) direction, and are said to have a retrograde rotation. Do not confuse revolution, or motion around an orbit, with rotation, or turning about an axis.

This question is a part of GKToday's Integrated IAS General Studies Module