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aphelion (uh-FEE-lee-uhn, uh-FEEL-yuhn)

The point on the orbit of a celestial body that is farthest from the sun.

[From New Latin aphelium : Greek apo-, apo- + Greek helios, sun.]

"Oddly enough, Earth is fading away from the sun in its orbit, reaching aphelion, its most remote distance, on July 3." News flash: These bolts more than hot air, Star Tribune, 19 Jun 1995.

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