From Ps 148:
Praise ye him, O sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars and light.
Praise him, ye heavens of heavens: and let all the waters that are above the heavens.
Praise the name of the Lord. For he spoke, and they were made: he commanded, and they were created.
This is in from Space Weather!
WEEKEND SKY SHOW: Saturn, Mars and a slender crescent Moon are gathering together for a pretty sunset sky show over the 4th of July weekend. For people in the USA celebrating Independence Day, it’s a bit of heavenly charm among the smoke and flash of evening fireworks.
EARTH AT APHELION: On the 4th of July, you will be farther from the sun than at any other time of the year. Earth’s orbit around the sun is not a perfect circle, it’s an ellipse, and on July 4th, Earth is at the end of the ellipse farthest from the sun. Astronomers call this "aphelion." When we are at aphelion, the sun appears slightly smaller in the sky (by about 1.7%) and global solar heating is actually a little less (by about 3.5%) than the yearly average. This provides scant relief from northern summer heat, however. [So long as it doesn't spin, dance and fall toward the earth, I don't care how much smaller it is. Still, this is pretty interesting stuff!]
Happy 4th of Aphelion!