Earth’s perihelion will occur at 19:20HST today.
Perihelion occurs when the Earth reaches its closest distance to the Sun for the year.
It may seem odd to some the perihelion occurs in the middle of winter. One must recall that the distance from the Sun is not the cause of our seasons, that is the effects of axial tilt.
|2019 Apsides and Seasons|
|Event||Universal Time||Hawaii Standard Time|
|Perihelion||Jan 03||05:20UT||Jan 02||19:20HST|
|Spring Equinox||Mar 20||21:58UT||Mar 20||11:58HST|
|Summer Solstice||Jun 21||15:54UT||Jun 21||05:54HST|
|Aphelion||Jul 04||22:11UT||Jul 04||12:11HST|
|Fall Equinox||Sep 23||07:50UT||Sep 22||21:50HST|
|Winter Solstice||Dec 22||04:19UT||Dec 21||18:19HST|
|Data from US Naval Observatory Data Services|