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Which is closest to the sun, the North Pole on January 1 or the Equator on July 1?

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Update: Please leave this question in Global Warming, thank you.
Update 2: This question was motivated by some surprising answers to a question about Canada's climate. It is rhetorical in the sense that I have an answer for it, but I'd like to see what others think.
Update 3: The correct answer is the North Pole on January 1, since the Earth's orbit is elliptical and the Earth is several million miles closer to the sun at that time of year. Greater distance from the sun is not what makes Canada colder and the seasons are not caused by 'wobble"
asked Oct 7, 2016 in Environment by smyadmin

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:-) Let's see who can be the most civil.
The north pole on Jan 1.
Seems that the elliptical orbit puts earth closer to the sun in the winter, and farther away in the summer.
The good news is that in an elliptical orbit, the orbiting body moves faster when it's nearer the attractor.
So, while there are 180 days in the fall and winter, for us folks up north, there are 185 days in the spring and summer.
The orbital difference is in the neighborhood of 3m miles, so the 4k mile difference from the equator to the pole is not relevant.
answered Oct 7, 2016 by moscl

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