Utah Cold Despite Close Position Of Earth To The Sun

Jan 3, 2019

Utah's NASA Solar System Ambassador has had a busy week explaining the perihelion position of the Earth.
Credit U.S. Forest Service

Earlier this week, on January 2 around 10:19 p.m. MST, the Earth was as close to the sun as it will get this year. This might surprise many of us who are wondering why temperatures in Utah have plummeted to the below zero mark.

Patrick Wiggins is the JPL Solar System Ambassador to Utah for NASA. UPR was curious as to how our planet can be closest to the sun without warming us up some. So we called Wiggins and ask him what’s up with the position of the sun, among other things.