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Earth Gets the Farthest Ever from the Sun

On Monday, July 5, 2021, the Earth was at the point in its orbit, called aphelion. It is chiefly a fancy term for “farthest from the sun,” according to Patrick Wiggins, Utah’s NASA Solar System Ambassador.

While it came to surprise some people that the Earth would be the farthest from the sun when it is so hot outside, the change in the distance between the two celestial bodies appeared in the early days of January.Now when it is farthest, it is small and does not make much of a change in the temperatures in one way or another, Wiggins said.The difference has to do something with the Earth being tilted on its axis.

At this time of the year, people in the northern hemisphere are tilted towards the sun. So, the sun’s distance is higher in the sky and thus stays in the sky for much longer than in January, when the northern hemisphere is tilted away from the sun, making it lower for fewer hours.

Of course, the people who love the cold weather can just easily take on a flight and travel towards the south of the equator, according to Wiggins. In the southern hemisphere, they have tilted away from the sun and, therefore, they will be enjoying the freezing temps of winter.There is an effect that is making the Earth move very slowly and away from the sun. This tidal interaction slows down the sun’s rotation and pushes the Earth to go farther away from the sun.

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