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post #17 of Old 02-04-2010
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This link was useful for the first 2 questions: Journey North: Mystery Class
When viewed from a North Pole orientation:
Earth orbits the sun in a CCW direction.
Earth also rotates or spins in a CCW direction so the sun appears to rotate the earth in a CW fashion since it is relatively standing still compared to the earths rotation on its axis.
The moon is a trickier beast and appears to rotate around the earth in a CW direction which is due entirely to the earths rotation again. The moon is actually orbiting the earth in a CCW direction.

The next question: "What would you get if you took the globe and drew the diurnal circle for every day of the year? ... for every year, ever?" smells like a trick question to me since it includes every year, ever.
If I were to assume the last 1000 or 10,000 years the suns path across the sky would form a doughnut or taurus shape. There is some conjecture that the earth took on its current axis and rotation from collisions with an asteroid in the not so measurable past.
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