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All planets in the solar system have an elliptical orbit rather than a circular one. This means a planet's distance from the sun varies depending on its position in orbit. The point where a planet is closest to the sun is called the "perihelion" and the furthest point is called the "aphelion". The difference between these two numbers is used to determine a planet's "orbital eccentricity" which is a measure of how much an orbital path's "length" varies from it's "width".
Sources: Wikipedia; Phys.org; NASA

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Earth
   has an average distance from the Sun of   
150 Million Kilometres
93 million miles. Perihelion: 147 million km; aphelion 152 million km.
Jupiter
   has an average distance from the Sun of   
779 Million Kilometres
484 million miles. Perihelion: 741 million km; aphelion: 817 million km.
Mars
   has an average distance from the Sun of   
228 Million Kilometres
142 million miles. Perihelion: 205 million km; aphelion: 249 million km.
Mercury
   has an average distance from the Sun of   
58 Million Kilometres
35 million miles. Perihelion: 46 million km; aphelion: 70 million km.
Neptune
   has an average distance from the Sun of   
4.50 Billion Kilometres
2.8 billion miles. Perihelion: 4.45 billion km; aphelion: 4.55 billion km.
Saturn
   has an average distance from the Sun of   
1.43 Billion Kilometres
889 million miles. Perihelion: 1.35 million km; aphelion: 1.51 billion km.
Uranus
   has an average distance from the Sun of   
2.88 Billion Kilometres
1.79 billion miles. Perihelion; 2.75 billion km; aphelion: 3.00 billion km.
Venus
   has an average distance from the Sun of   
108 Million Kilometres
67 million miles. Perihelion: 107 million km; aphelion: 109 million km.


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