# Why is the axial tilt of Venus 177° and not 3° (or Uranus 97° instead of 83°)?

Jan 18, 2016

Venus rotates in a clockwise direction. It is simpler to view Venus as rotating anti-clockwise but with an axial tilt of ${177}^{\circ}$
It is thought that Venue originally rotate in the same direction as the other planets. At some time in the past it was toppled over by the gravitational effect of the sun or another planet. This is consistent with a ${177}^{\circ}$ axial tilt.