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What would happen when the speed of the Sun's spin changes?

Does the Sun's spin have effect on the orbit of the Earth?
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The position of Polestar

Despite the revolution of the earth around the sun, why does the Polestar appear to be at the same place all through the year? My daughter, a class 8 student, asked me this question.
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Can we change Earth's orbit with modern technology? [closed]

It is well known that, according to Newton's 3rd law, spacecrafts entering or leaving Earth provoke tiny (insignificant) changes to Earth's orbit (see related question here). My question is about ...
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Keplerian Elements for the Moon and Earth around their Barycenter

So I'm looking to replicate the inner Solar System to a decent degree of accuracy. So far I've been utilizing the Keplerian Elements and Equations for the planets, as shown here. There is one issue ...
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When and why was zero right ascension defined to be at the vernal equinox?

When (and why) was zero right ascension defined to be at the vernal equinox? Who established or defined this standard?
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Why do years become shorter with time?

I've read (in Gates to the Hebrew calendar p.128 and other sources) that the Earth orbits the Sun in 365.256 days, but each 1000 years the year becomes shorter by 5.5 seconds. "The accurate ...