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07/05/2021 – Ephemeris – Happy Aphelion Day

5 Jul 2021, 04:01 UTC
07/05/2021 – Ephemeris – Happy Aphelion Day
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This is Bob Moler with Ephemeris for Monday, July 5th. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 27 minutes, setting at 9:30, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:04. The Moon, halfway from last quarter to new, will rise at 3:24 tomorrow morning.
Today, the Moon and Sun are at their farthest from the Earth. For the Moon it’s called apogee, for the Sun it’s called aphelion. At 10:48 this morning the Moon will be at that point 251,842 miles (405,300 kilometers) away. The Sun will be farthest at 10:59 pm at a distance of 94 million, 452 thousand miles (152 million, 6 thousand kilometers) away. Because of the gravitational pull of the Moon and planets on the Earth, and the Pull of the planets, especially Jupiter on the Sun, the aphelion and perihelion or closest date in January don’t occur on the same date or same distance every year. The date wanders by a day or two each year. The entire distance variation for the Earth is plus or minus 1.5 million miles (2.4 million kilometers) over the year, but makes summer the longest season by a few days because the Earth moves slower when farther ...

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