How fast does the earth travel around the sun?

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Mar 16, 2016

Answer:

The Earth orbits the Sun at about 30 km/s on average.

Explanation:

The Earth is travelling at its fastest at perihelion around 4 January. It is travelling at about 30.27 km/s.

The Earth is travelling at its slowest at aphelion around 4 July. It is travelling at about 29.29 km/s.

The average speed is about 29.8 km/s.

Over that last few years perihelion speed has varied between 29.29 and 29.3 km/s and aphelion speed has varied between 30.27 and 30.3 km/s.

The actual times of perihelion and aphelion and the orbital speed vary slightly from year to year due to the gravitational pull of the Sun, Moon and other planets.