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Astro Quiz 12: Earth-Sun distance?

Question #12 – How far is the Earth from the Sun?

Answer:

The average distance between the Earth and the Sun is about 93 million miles - that's the number 93 followed by six zeros! The Earth, however, does not orbit the Sun in a perfect circle. The path is actually in the shape of an ellipse, like a slightly squished circle. The Earth is closest to the Sun in January when it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

For more information, see this "Ask an Astronomer" question from Cool Cosmos.

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