Image Credit & Copyright: Paul Stewart.
Today, January 4, 2015 at 06:36 UTC (01:36 EST) you will be as close to the Sun as you will be all year! Perihelion is Earth’s closest point to the Sun in its orbit and this year it brings us to 0.98 astronomical units (AU) with an AU being Earth’s average 150 million km or 93 million mi. distance from the Sun. All in all that’s only about 5 million km or 3 million mi. closer than we will be at our furthest point from the Sun on July 6. Of course I use “only” as a relative term as that’s really not much of a difference from a distance of 93 million miles.
If you live in the Northern Hemisphere that may seem counter intuitive as you may be getting snowed on as you read this but there’s an explanation: https://danspace77.com/seasons-temperatures/
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