The Sun seen from the International Space Station (ISS).

It’s quite hot on this summer day here in Paradelle, but the Earth is just reaching its most distant point from the sun for 2015 as I type this line.

July 6, at 19:41 Universal Time or 3:41 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time in Paradelle is when our home planet is farthest from the sun. This happens every year in early July.

But it’s a hot day as I walked outside today to get lunch.  We may be at our furthest distance (called aphelion) now, but, like most things, it is temporary.

Our journey around that precious star is not quite circular, so we are farther away from the sun in early July than at other times of the year. It’s five million kilometers farther from the sun than we will be in January but in the numbers of space and time that’s not a lot.

Look up at the ball of fire. It is 94,506,507 miles away (that’s 152,093,480 kilometers to most Earthlings) away.  Not so far away; not too close. A nice cosmic distance.


We have circled the Sun once again.

Today we’re as far away as possible.

Apo – away – from Helios, Greek Sun god.

A summer-hot day, an imperfect circular journey.

Aphelion and 3,000,000 miles doesn’t matter much.