Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Earth at Aphelion on July 4th and 5th, 2012

On July 5th, 2012, at approximately 04:00 Universal Time, our earth will be at aphelion, its farthest point from the sun. For some of us, including the USA, that means July 4th. Convert UT to your local time here.

Earth and sun. Image: idea go; FreeDigitalPhotos
The earth travels around the sun on a slightly elliptical path. Every July the earth reaches aphelion, its farthest point from the sun. About six months later, in January, the earth reaches perihelion, its closest point to the sun. At aphelion the earth is 94.5 million miles from the sun.

According to Merriam-Webster, the first syllables of aphelion can be pronounced as "a feel" or "app heel." Your choice. Either way, you're bound to impress your friends with your knowledge.

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