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Earth at Aphelion on July 7

Carter Observatory

The National Observatory of New Zealand


PRESS RELEASE
(Date 2007 June 28. For immediate release)

Earth at Aphelion on July 7

On July 7 at 12 noon, the Earth is at its furthest point from the Sun (aphelion), on it’s year-long slightly elliptical orbit around the Sun.

The distance at that time is 152,097,040 km, which is about 5 million km further away than its closest point in early January.

Brian Carter, Senior Astronomer at the Carter Observatory says, “because of this change in distance, the whole Earth receives about 8% less energy from the Sun than it does in early January”.

The Earth is now also orbiting at its slowest velocity around the Sun”.

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