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Sky Tonight—January 2, Earth’s closest

Sky Tonight—January 2, Earth’s closest approach to the sun in 2011

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at When 2011 began on January 1, our planet Earth was very close to its perihelion – its closest point to the sun for the year. That closest point will come tomorrow. In 2011, Earth will be closest to the sun on Monday, January 3 at 19 hours Universal Time (12 p.m. Mountain Time). How do I translate Universal Time to my time? Earth is closest to the sun every year in early January, when it is winter for the ... Full Story