diurnal motion

noun
: the apparent westward motion of the celestial sphere and celestial bodies resulting from the rotation of the earth; also : the earth's rotation

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Astron.
the apparent daily motion, caused by the earth's rotation, of celestial bodies across the sky.

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diurnal motion,
the apparent daily rotation of the heavenly bodies from east to west, an effect produced by the earth's rotation on its axis from west to east.

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