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Y'all remember my series #ScienceBehind that used to air on Wednesdays? It's cool if you don't - a LOT has been going on.

I don't have a new video but let's do a new installment via tweet thread (I know it's not an innovative idea but I remembered there's science this week)
Okay so on New Year's Day, we aired a segment on perihelion 🌍. Shameless plug here if you want a refresher

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Fast forward 6 months (hey, that's today!) and now we're 3 days out from the opposite of perihelion [☀️➡️🌍] -- aphelion [☀️➡️➡️➡️🌍]

Emojis not close to scale so don't come for me.

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If you're wondering "How are we FARTHER from the sun in the summer time?" I got you:

Earth's axis is on a tilt. Our home planet got a lil' lean to it - and that causes the seasons. We have Summer in the N. Hemisphere b/c the tilt=more direct sun rays

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And yes, other planets are on a tilt, as well. So no, Earth isn't just crooked. But Venus is doing the MOST with its tilt 👀

(Photo via my friends [in my head] at @NASAJPL_Edu )

#STEMeducation Tilts of the planets in the solar system (not to scale)
If you know me, you know I don't forget about Pluto, even though I KNOW it's a dwarf planet.

Anyway, my other friends (in my head) at @airandspace say that Pluto's axis is tilted ~119-120°

#PlutoForever ❤️

More info:….

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Aight so we've taken a tour of the #Solarsystem , let's bring it back home.

Although the Moon is smaller than Earth, its gravitational pull is enough to do a little tug of war and alter the date, time and distance of aphelion

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It's a minor change year to year, though. You'd never notice unless you looked at the numbers.

I like to think of it as the moon SLIGHTLY adjusting the planet's wig - really based on how the moon feels that year but we'd be fine without it

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Get into this science happening this weekend that won't happen again until next year! 😍

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Have a great day, everyone. Be sure to read the full thread (there may be some hidden laughs).

And remember, Dexter said it best:
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thought of you while doing science this morning @PhilOfThePrsnt
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