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Definition(s):

  • (n) apoapsis in solar orbit; the point in the orbit of a planet or comet that is at the greatest distance from the sun

Usage(s):

  1. The Martian north pole is currently tilted toward the sun only when the planet is also at its greatest distance, or aphelion, from the sun.
  2. Clearly, the erratic orbit of his mind had already carried him off to some remote aphelion of despair.

News

  1. Despite Heat, Earth Is Farthest From Sun on Friday

    Despite the heat wave in the American West, the Earth reaches aphelion—94,508,959 miles from the sun—on Friday.
    on July 5, 2013     Source: National Geographic

  2. Earth to be farthest from sun Friday, but don’t expect cool temps

    On Friday morning, the Earth will be at the farthest point from the sun on its annual orbit — but don’t expect a break from the heat wave. While our planet will be at the point called aphelion at 9 a.m. Friday, the distance from the sun doesn’t affect temperature much, said Patrick Wiggins, NASA/JPL solar system ambassador to Utah. In fact, the Earth was closest to the Sun in frigid January. On ...
    on July 4, 2013     Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

  3. Happy (or is it Merry?) Aphelion This Friday

    This 4th of July weekend brings us one more reason to celebrate. On July 5th at approximately 11:00 AM EDT/15:00 UT, our fair planet Earth reaches aphelion, or its farthest point from the Sun at 1.0167 Astronomical Units (A.U.s) or 152,096,000 kilometres distant.(...)Read the rest of Happy (or is it Merry?) Aphelion This Friday (1,028 [...]
    on July 2, 2013     Source: Universe Today

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