Our planet Earth will be farthest from the sun in its annual orbit on Saturday, July 4 at 7:35 am EDT. This is called aphelion and it comes in the middle of Northern Hemisphere summer and Southern Hemisphere winter. The distance of the earth from the sun has very little to do with our temperatures here on earth–that is much more influenced by the tilt of the earth’s axis of rotation towards or away from the sun. Interested to know more? You can read about it at EarthSky here.