A museless mind
in quest of just one spark
in a sea of darkness.
The year is new;
Void surrounds this fallow pen.
the gibbous moon couldn’t sway
the night. Can your astronomical feat
accomplish what it did not? Distance
has no power over seasonal flux;
Only the tilt accomplishes that,
but tonight as Earth travels closest
to the Sun, if you should see
a wayward muse,
please send it home.
Earth reaches perihelion – its closest point to the sun for the year – on January 4, 2020. The word “perihelion” is from the Greek words peri meaning near, and helios meaning sun.
Earth is closest to the sun every year in early January, when it’s winter for the Northern Hemisphere. We’re farthest away from the sun in early July, during our Northern Hemisphere summer. So you can see that Earth’s distance from the sun isn’t what causes the seasons. On Earth, it’s mostly the tilt of our planet’s axis that creates winter and summer.