Catching Earth at Aphelion

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Our host star as seen from Earth at perihelion versus aphelion 2015. Image credit and copyright: Giuseppe Petricca

Do you feel a little… distant today? The day after the 4th of July weekend brings with it the promise of barbecue leftovers and discount fireworks. It also sees our fair planet at aphelion, or its farthest point from the Sun. In 2015, aphelion (or apoapsis) occurs at 19:40 Universal Time (UT)/3:40 PM EDT today, as we sit 1.01668 astronomical units (AU) from the Sun. (…)
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