You may feel like the sun is breathing down your neck, but in fact, it's farther away than you think. Today, the sun is actually the farthest away from the Earth as it is going to be all year long.
Hard to believe? According to Live Science, as of 12 a.m. today, Earth has reached a point in its orbit called the “aphelion,” which is the spot where it is farthest away from the sun all year - approximately 94.5 million miles, which is about 1.5 million miles farther than usual.
On average, the Earth is about 93 million miles away from the Sun, and reaches "perihelion," its closest approach to the sun, in January. That means that there's about 1.5 million miles more than usual in distance - and 3 million miles farther than perihelion - between the two bodies.
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July 19thAtlas V launch of US DOD MUOS-2 satellite, notable for large "551" config of Atlas
Aug 3rdJapanese HTV-4 flight to ISS on cargo supply mission
Aug 14thSpaceX launch of Canadian satellite in the first launch from their new Vandenberg facility, and first launch of upgraded Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle
Aug 28thDelta IV Heavy launch of NROL-65 spy satellite
SeptemberSoyuz TMA-08M flight returning Expedition 36 crew from ISS to Earth (Kazakhstan)
Sept 12thOrbital Sciences maiden flight of Cygnus cargo vehicle on Antares rocket to ISS
Sept 25thSoyuz TMA-10M flight launching Expedition 38 crew to ISS
Dec 9thSpaceX Dragon launch by Falcon 9 v1.1 on CRS-3 cargo supply mission to ISS
recurringfirst powered test flights of Scaled Composites' SpaceShipTwo commercial vehicle, to be used by Virgin Galactic for sub-orbital tourism