As I type this (noon, MST, January 3) Earth is at a distance of 92,955,807 miles from the Sun. This is the perihelion, the point in our planet’s slightly elliptical orbit where we are closest to the Sun.
On the 4th of July this year we’ll be at aphelion, the point of our greatest distance from the Sun (94,507,988 miles).
That’s right, at this very moment Earth is more than 1.5 million miles closer to the Sun than it is in July.
Now you know why it’s so hot outside.
Happy New Year!