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My father and I were playing trivial pursuit when this question came up: What month is showing on the calendar when the Earth is nearest the sun?
My dad and I both think that the answer should be December but the answer on the card is January. Please help us settle the debate.



Replies:
Usually around January 5th (+ or - one day). We are furtherest from the sun around July 3rd. The seasons have nothing to do with the elliptical orbit of the Earth around the sun.

Steve



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