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1 mile (mi) = 1.70111E-13 lightyear (ly). Mile (mi) is a unit of Length used in Standard system. Lightyear (ly) is a unit of Length used in Metric system.
Mile: A Unit of Length
The mile is a unit of length that is equal to 5,280 feet or 1,760 yards. It is based on the older English unit of length that was used before the adoption of the metric system. The mile is also a derived unit in the British imperial and US customary systems of measurement. The symbol for mile is mi or m.
The mile is most commonly used when expressing distances on land or in air travel. The mile is also used for measuring speed, such as miles per hour (mph). The mile is sometimes distinguished from other types of miles, such as the nautical mile or the geographical mile, by using the term statute mile.
In this article, we will explore the definition, history, usage and conversion of the mile as a unit of length.
Definition of the Mile
The mile is a unit of length that is equal to 5,280 feet or 1,760 yards. It is defined as 1,609.344 meters by international agreement in 1959. One foot is equal to 0.3048 meter and one yard is equal to 0.9144 meter.
The definition of the mile has changed over time, as different standards and methods of measurement were developed by various countries and organizations. The current definition of the mile as based on the meter was agreed upon by an international treaty in 1959.
History of the Mile
The origin of the mile as a unit of length can be traced back to ancient times, when it was used as a measure of distance based on the human pace. The word mile comes from the Latin word mille, which means thousand. It referred to the distance of one thousand paces, which was about 5,000 Roman feet or 1.48 kilometers.
The mile was adopted by other countries that followed the Roman system of measurement, such as England and France. It varied in length from country to country and from time to time, depending on local standards and methods of measurement.
The mile was standardized in England by an act of Parliament in 1593, which set it as a distance of 8 furlongs or 5,280 feet. A furlong was a measure of distance used for plowing fields and was equal to 660 feet or 40 rods. A rod was a measure of length used for surveying land and was equal to 16.5 feet or 5.5 yards.
The mile was adopted by other countries that followed the English system of measurement, such as the United States and Canada. It was also incorporated into the imperial system of measurement, which was established by an act of Parliament in 1824. The imperial system was based on seven base units that could be derived from natural and traditional units. The mile remained as a derived unit in the imperial system, but it was no longer recommended for use in scientific and technical fields.
Usage of the Mile
The mile is a unit of length that is used for measuring distances on land or in air travel. For example:
The mile is commonly used in everyday life, especially in countries that follow the British imperial or US customary systems of measurement. Some examples are:
The mile is also used for measuring speed, such as miles per hour (mph). This is a measure of how fast an object moves in relation to another object or point. For example:
Example Conversions of Mile to Other Units
The mile can be converted to other units of length by using different factors and formulas. Here are some examples of conversion for different types of units:
1 mi x 5,280 = 5,280 ft
1 mi x 1,760 = 1,760 yd
1 mi x 1,609.344 = 1,609.344 m
1 mi x 1.609344 = 1.609344 km
1 mi / 1.150779 = 0.868976 nmi
1 mi / 0.869 = 1.151 mi
1 ft / 5,280 = 0.000189 mi
1 yd / 1,760 = 0.000568 mi
1 m / 1,609.344 = 0.000621 mi
1 km / 1.609344 = 0.621371 mi
1 nmi x 1.150779 = 1.150779 mi
1 mi x 0.869 = 0.869 mi
Lightyear: A Unit of Length
The lightyear is a large unit of length used to express astronomical distances and is equivalent to about 9.46 trillion kilometers (9.46 × 10^12 km), or 5.88 trillion miles (5.88 × 10^12 mi). As defined by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), a lightyear is the distance that light travels in a vacuum in one Julian year (365.25 days). The lightyear is most often used when expressing distances to stars and other distances on a galactic scale, especially in non-specialist contexts and popular science publications.
In this article, we will explore the definition, history, usage and conversion of the lightyear as a unit of length.
Definition of the Lightyear
The lightyear is a unit of length that is equal to the product of the Julian year and the speed of light. The Julian year is a unit of time that is equal to 365.25 days or 31,557,600 seconds. The speed of light is a physical constant that is defined as 299,792,458 meters per second. The symbol for lightyear is ly.
The definition of the lightyear can be derived from the following formula:
1 ly = 1 Julian year × speed of light
1 ly = 31,557,600 s × 299,792,458 m/s
1 ly = 9,460,730,472,580,800 m
1 ly = 9.46 × 10^15 m
History of the Lightyear
The concept of the lightyear as a unit of distance was first proposed by the German astronomer Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel in 1838. He used it to estimate the distance to some nearby stars based on their parallax measurements. Parallax is the apparent shift in position of an object when viewed from different angles. Bessel calculated that the star 61 Cygni was about 10.3 lightyears away from Earth.
The term lightyear was popularized by the British astronomer James Bradley in his book Stellar Movements and the Structure of the Universe (1918). He used it to describe the distances to various stars and galaxies. He also introduced the term parsec as another unit of distance based on parallax.
The lightyear was officially recognized by the IAU in 1976 as part of its System of Astronomical Constants.
Usage of the Lightyear
The lightyear is a unit of length that is used for measuring astronomical distances that are too large to be expressed in other units such as kilometers or astronomical units (AU). An AU is equal to about 150 million kilometers or 93 million miles and is roughly the distance from Earth to the Sun.
The lightyear is commonly used in astronomy and cosmology to describe the distances to stars, galaxies, nebulae and other celestial objects. For example:
The lightyear can also be used to measure time intervals in cosmology by relating them to distances traveled by light. For example:
Example Conversions of Lightyear to Other Units
The lightyear can be converted to other units of length by using different factors and formulas. Here are some examples of conversion for different types of units:
1 ly × 9.46 × 10^12 = 9.46 × 10^12 km
1 ly × 5.88 × 10^12 = 5.88 × 10^12 mi
1 ly × 63,241 = 63,241 AU
1 ly / 3.26 = 0.31 pc
1 km / 9.46 × 10^12 = 1.06 × 10^-13 ly
1 mi / 5.88 × 10^12 = 1.70 × 10^-13 ly
1 AU / 63,241 = 1.58 × 10^-5 ly
1 pc × 3.26 = 3.26 ly
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