As an aside, I found this little tidbit:
"The summit of Mt. Everest is the highest point on Earth above sea level, but what point is highest above the center of the Earth? This distinction belongs to the summit of Mt. Cayambe near Cayambe, Ecuador, which, at 18,982 feet, lies almost exactly on the equator. The reason it holds this distinction owes to the Earth's equatorial bulge. Geometry dictates that if you're on Cayambe's summit you're as close to the 'heavenly bodies' as you can get while still standing on Earth."
Harry how about booking a trip like this? :lol)
Actually it would be Chimborazo with 6310m (20,702ft), only 1.5 degree south of the equator. And the question of being farthest away from the center (Chimbo) is different from 'being closest to a star, planet etc' as this depende on the position of the star relatively to the earth (how about the Northern Star!) as well as the season as the sun is only right above the equator 2 days a year