A social media post suggests “Aphelion phenomena” would create frigid weather between July 4 and August 4, 2022.
The claim adds that the occurrence, during which the Earth would be 152 million km from the Sun, will make people sick due to falling temperatures.
The Earth is furthest from the Sun during aphelion. The Earth’s eccentric orbit causes the Sun’s distance to vary throughout the year.
NASA says the average distance between Earth and the Sun is 150 million km and 152 million km during aphelion.
The Sun’s energy doesn’t change much between perihelion and aphelion, according to the University of Maine. If Earth’s orbit were longer, the temperature difference would be substantial.
This difference won’t affect the weather or temperature.
Aniket Sule, a professor at the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, said Aphelion won’t induce illness or cough.