Re: Date of Aphelion!

Tyler MacKenzie (
Wed, 15 Dec 1999 16:44:42 -0400

I was also wondering about the solstice significance, besides putting the
opposition moon high for northerners like me.  Also, I thought that
perihelion (which I think the below argument is about) was typically on 3
or 4 January each year?
-Tyler MacKenzie (AAVSO MTX)

>>right !
>>the earth aphelion (point of earth orbit is the closest of the sun) is not
>>on winter solstice (21/12) but around the 6th of january ... and at this
>>date moon won't be full !
>Aphelion is NOT point of Earth orbit closest to the Sun. It does NOT occur
>January 6, but in July.

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