A post going viral on various social media platforms claims that a cosmological event called “Aphelion phenomenon” will cause cold weather on Earth between 4 July and August 2022.
The claim further states that the phenomenon – during which the Earth will be nearly 152 million kilometre away from the Sun – will make people sick as the temperatures will drop.
Aphelion is an annual phenomenon during which the Earth is farthest away from the Sun. Since the Earth rotates in an elliptical orbit, the distance between the Sun and Earth varies through the year.
However, according to US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the average distance between the Earth and the Sun is roughly 150 million km and that during aphelion is about 152 million km.
And this difference is not enough to have an impact on the temperature and weather.
The viral claim said that, “From 4 July till 22 August this year. It will be colder than the previous days of the year due to what is called the Aphelion phenomenon, where the Earth becomes very far from the sun. We cannot see the phenomenon but we can feel its impact.”
The claim added that the phenomenon will have an impact on flu, cough, shortness of breath, etc.
Astronomers, researchers, and professors have all denied the possibility of this phenomena having an impact on Earth’s temperature. Further, this is an annual occurrence and nothing that’s happening for the first time in 2022.