Yesterday’s sun at aphelion

We reached our farthest point from the sun for 2016 yesterday at 16:24 UTC. That’s 11:24 a.m. in the central U.S, 1:24 p.m. Central European Summer Time.

July 4, 2016 sun on the day of aphelion. Notice the contrast with Earth's size. Image via Fotograph Goran Strand.

July 4 sun, the day of aphelion. Notice the contrast with Earth’s size. Image via our friend Fotograph Göran Strand.

Göran Strand of Sweden captured this image of the sun on July 4,2016, the day of Earth’s aphelion, when our planet was farthest from the sun for this year. He wrote:

Since Earth’s orbit around the sun is in an elliptical path, there is one point of the path when the sun is at its closest to the Earth and one point when it is furthest away. The opposite to aphelion is perihelion, then Earth is nearest to the sun. Next time the Earth is at perihelion will be on January 4, 2017.

This is a shot I took of today’s sun as seen from aphelion.

Thank you, Göran!

Deborah Byrd