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!
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