FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - If you're an astronomy fan, then you'll know that our blue marble (Earth) made its closest pass to the Sun on early Sunday morning.
The Earth's orbit isn't a perfect circle, it's sort of squished, AKA an ellipse. Also, the Sun isn't the center of Earth's orbit. This creates a time of year that we're as far away from the Sun as possible, known as Aphelion, and as close to the Sun as possible, known as Perihelion.
Aphelion occurs sometime around July 5th, about two weeks after the June Solstice. At this point the Earth is about 94.5 million miles away from the Sun!
Perihelion occues sometime around January 5th, about two weeks after the December Solstice. The distance between the Earth and Sun is only about 91.4 million miles.
Even though the distance between the Earth and Sun changes throughout the year, it has no effect on daily temperatures and no effect on the seasons. Seasons are the result of the axial tilt of the Earth. It's pointed more towards the sun during the summer and awar from the sun in the winter.
To learn more about the daily temperatures, head over to the weather section of our website.