Earth to sun: I need some space
July 5th, 2012
05:20 PM ET

Earth to sun: I need some space

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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