September 30, 2023
Imagem da Terra mais longe do Sol, o Afélio

Earth is now farthest from the sun, at 152 million km

The Earth’s orbit around the sun is not a perfect circle. today is “apogee day“, which is the point where the Earth is farthest from the sun throughout the year. While at its closest point, perihelion, which occurred on January 4, 2022, was about 147 million kilometers from the sun, and today it meets 152 million kilometers away, This difference has to do with the elliptical orbit it makes around its star.

Out of curiosity, the Earth travels through the universe at 30.75 kilometers per second.

Picture of the Earth farthest from the sun, Aphelion

The sun is far from the earth and the temperature is rising, it's summer

On Monday (July 4), the blue dot in our solar system celebrates The day you are far from your star. On this day our planet achieves what astronomers call apnea at (08:00 GMT).

At Aphelion, Earth will be 152.1 million km from the Sun. This means that our planet will be 1.67% farther from the sun than the mean Earth-Sun separation, also known as an astronomical unit. (One astronomical unit is equivalent to 149.6 million kilometres).

It may be hard to imagine the Earth away from the sun on a hot summer's day, but seasonal changes in temperature arise from a change in the direction of the Earth's axial tilt, as opposed to our distance from the sun. This means that the fact that we have warmer temperatures has nothing to do with distance, but rather with the tilt of the Earth's axis.

This angle of inclination affects whether the sun's rays hit the Earth at a lower angle or more directly.

From now on the sun will approach

The translation will now bring you closer to your star. Thus, Earth will be closest to the Sun - called Perihelion - on January 4, 2023, when it will be 147.1 million kilometers from the Sun.

As mentioned before, Earth's orbit is not a complete circle and that's why we're testing Aphelion and Perihelion.

The degree to which our planet's orbit deviates from the full circle is known as eccentricity. Of all the planets in the solar system, Venus has the most circular orbit. The planet is between 107 million km and 109 million km from the Sun.