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# Are distances between Sun and any planet measured from near edge to near edge or from center to center?

Updated: 9/27/2023

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They are centre to centre, but given the relative measures and the fact that the distances are averages over elliptical orbits rather than circular ones, the difference between the two is irrelevant.

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Q: Are distances between Sun and any planet measured from near edge to near edge or from center to center?
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