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James Petersen
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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
Textbook Problem

If the sun is closest to Earth on January 3, why isn’t winter in the Northern Hemisphere warmer than winter in the Southern Hemisphere?

To determine

The reason for the winter in Northern Hemisphere not being warmer than the winter in the Southern Hemisphere, despite the nearness of the sun to the Earth on January 3.

Explanation

Earth is orbiting around the sun in a slightly elliptical orbit at an approximate distance of about 150 million kilometers from the sun. The movement of Earth around the sun is called revolution, and the time taken by the Earth to go on a full round around the sun is defined as 1 year. Earth also undergoes 36514 rotations during the time taken for one complete revolution around the sun.

On about January 3rd, Earth is nearer to the sun and is said to be at perihelion, the approximate distance from the sun becomes 147.5 million kilometers. On about July 4th, Earth would be farther from the sun, making the approximate distance from the sun as 152

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