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Earth at Perihelion:

3 Jan 2014, 07:00 UTC
Earth at Perihelion:
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Earth will be at Perihelion on 4th of January; this is the closest distance from earth to Sun. At perihelion the distance between earth and sun is close to 147.09 million km. Since Earth’s orbit eccentricity is very low at 0.016 which is very close to circle the distance between perihelion and aphelion (furthest point from Sun) does not differ much. The Aphelion distance of earth and Sun is 152.10 million km, making the difference just 5.01 million kilometres. This is not much to cause any problem to us, but due to proximity to sun earth receives 7% more sunlight. The angular size of the Sun seen from earth does not differ much during perihelion and aphelion due to low eccentricity for earth’s orbit. The sun subtends an angle of 0.54183 degrees during perihelion, and at aphelion (furthest distance from sun) the angle subtended is 0.52398 degrees the difference is very small at 0.01785 degrees. When compared with Mercury which has highest eccentricity of 0.2056 the difference in angular size is apparent during perihelion and aphelion. Sun Sun Max.Angular Dia Min.Angular Dia Perihelion Aphelion Earth 0.54183 0.52398 Mercury 1.7324 1.1414 Say Hi to Sun when you go out on January ...

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