Far, far away
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About two weeks after the summer solstice, the Earth reaches the spot in its orbit where it’s furthest from the sun.
This point is called aphelion, and Earth will reach it on July 5 this year.
The other notable point is perihelion, where the Earth is closest to the sun.
That happens in January — about two weeks after the winter solstice.
But don’t stare directly into it to try to spot a difference!
Subtle changes in the sun’s size are invisible to the naked eye. It’s simply not worth frying your corneas.
We’ll be 3.4 percent further away from the sun than we were at perihelion, according to NASA.
GIF CALENDAR via Giphy
It’s not that big of a difference. But kind of like the solstice, it’s another notable day for the Solar System that you can mark on your calendar.
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