On Saturday July 4, Earth will reach aphelion, its maximum distance from the Sun this year. On July 4, 2020 the Earth's exact distance from the Sun at aphelion will be 94,507,635 miles (152,095,295 km). The Earth's average distance from the Sun is about 93 million miles, (150 million km) which is also known as 1 Astronomical Unit (AU). The word aphelion comes from the Greek words apo meaning away, off, apart and Helios, for the Greek God of the Sun. Apart from the Sun. Helios in Ancient Greek religion and myth, is the God and personification of the Sun, often depicted in art with a radiant crown and driving a horse-drawn chariot through the sky. Helios figures in several works of Greek mythology, poetry, and literature in which he is often described as the son of the Titans Hyperion and Theia and brother of the Goddesses Selene (the Moon) and Eos (the Dawn). Earth's perihelion (minimum distance from the Sun) will occur on January 2, 2021. At that time, the Sun will be 91,399,454 miles (147,093,163 km) from Earth. Planet Earth reaches its most distant point from the Sun for 2020 on Saturday, July 4. Stay Tuned!