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nautical miles to millimeters
1 nmi 1852000 mm
2 nmi 3704000 mm
3 nmi 5556000 mm
4 nmi 7408000 mm
5 nmi 9260000 mm
6 nmi 11112000 mm
7 nmi 12964000 mm
8 nmi 14816000 mm
9 nmi 16668000 mm
10 nmi 18520000 mm
11 nmi 20372000 mm
12 nmi 22224000 mm
13 nmi 24076000 mm
14 nmi 25928000 mm
15 nmi 27780000 mm
16 nmi 29632000 mm
17 nmi 31484000 mm
18 nmi 33336000 mm
19 nmi 35188000 mm
20 nmi 37040000 mm

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1 nautical mile (nmi) = 1852000 millimeter (mm). Nautical Mile (nmi) is a unit of Length used in Standard system. Millimeter (mm) is a unit of Length used in Metric system.

Nautical Mile: A Unit of Length

A nautical mile is a unit of length that is used in air, marine, and space navigation, and for the definition of territorial waters. It is based on the Earth’s longitude and latitude coordinates, and is equal to one minute of arc along a meridian. In this article, we will explore the definition, history, uses, and conversions of the nautical mile.

Definition of the Nautical Mile

The nautical mile is defined as exactly 1,852 metres (6,076 feet; 1.151 miles) by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) since 1929. This definition is based on the length of one minute of arc along a great circle of a sphere having the same surface area as the Clarke 1866 ellipsoid, which approximates the shape of the Earth.

The nautical mile is not an SI unit, but it is accepted for use with the SI by the International Committee for Weights and Measures. The derived unit of speed is the knot, which is one nautical mile per hour.

History of the Nautical Mile

The concept of the nautical mile dates back to ancient times, when navigators used the stars and angles to measure distances at sea. The word mile comes from the Latin phrase mille passus, meaning a thousand paces.

The nautical mile was originally defined as the length on the Earth’s surface of one minute of arc along a meridian (north-south line of longitude). However, this definition varied depending on the latitude and the shape of the Earth assumed by different countries. For example, France defined a nautical mile as one ten-millionth of a quarter meridian using the original 1791 definition of the metre.The United States and the United Kingdom used an average arcminute based on the Clarke 1866 ellipsoid.

In order to standardize the nautical mile, the IHO adopted the current definition in 1929, which was later endorsed by other international organizations such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The United States adopted the international nautical mile in 1954 and the United Kingdom in 1970.

Where Nautical Mile is Used

The nautical mile is widely used in navigation, especially for maritime and aviation purposes. It is convenient to use because it corresponds to one minute of latitude, which can be easily measured with a sextant or a GPS device. It also allows for simple calculations of distances along great circles, which are the shortest routes between two points on a sphere.

Some examples of where nautical mile is used are:

  • The definition of territorial waters, which are usually 12 nautical miles from a country’s coastline.
  • The measurement of flight levels and air routes for aircrafts.
  • The determination of speed limits and fuel consumption for ships and boats.
  • The designation of marine protected areas and fishing zones.
  • The mapping of ocean currents and wind patterns.

How to Convert Nautical Mile

The nautical mile can be converted to other units of length using simple multiplication or division by a conversion factor. Here are some common conversion factors:

Conversion Factor
Metre 1,852
Foot 6,076
Statute mile 1.151
Kilometre 1.852
Yard 2,025

For example, to convert 10 nautical miles to kilometres, we multiply by 1.852:

10 NM × 1.852 = 18.52 km

To convert 50 kilometres to nautical miles, we divide by 1.852:

50 km ÷ 1.852 = 27 NM

Example Conversions of Nautical Mile to Other Units

Here are some example conversions of nautical mile to other units:

  • 1 NM = 1,852 m
  • 1 NM = 6,076 ft
  • 1 NM = 1.151 mi
  • 1 NM = 0.54 leagues
  • 1 NM = 10 cables
  • 1 NM = 800 fathoms
  • 1 NM = 2,025 yd
The international nautical mile was defined as exactly 1,852 meters in 1929.

Millimeter: A Unit of Length

Definition of the millimeter

A millimeter is a unit of length in the metric system, which is based on the International System of Units (SI). It is defined as one thousandth of a meter, which is the SI base unit of length. One millimeter can be written as 1 mm or 0.001 m.

How to convert millimeter to other units of length

To convert millimeter to other units of length, we need to use conversion factors that relate the millimeter to the desired unit. For example, to convert millimeter to centimeter, we need to know that 1 cm = 10 mm, so we can divide the number of millimeters by 10 to get the number of centimeters. Similarly, to convert millimeter to inch, we need to know that 1 in = 25.4 mm, so we can divide the number of millimeters by 25.4 to get the number of inches.

Here are some common conversion factors for millimeter and other units of length in the US standard system and the SI system:

  • 1 mm = 0.1 cm
  • 1 mm = 0.03937 in
  • 1 mm = 0.001 m
  • 1 mm = 0.000001 km
  • 1 mm = 0.00000062137 mi
  • 1 mm = 0.00000053996 nmi

Where millimeter is used

The millimeter is a widely used unit of length in many fields and applications around the world. Some examples are:

  • In engineering and manufacturing, the millimeter is often used to measure small dimensions and tolerances of parts and products.
  • In medicine and biology, the millimeter is often used to measure the size and growth of cells, tissues, organs, and microorganisms.
  • In astronomy and physics, the millimeter is often used to measure the wavelength and frequency of electromagnetic radiation, such as radio waves and microwaves.
  • In geography and cartography, the millimeter is often used to measure the scale and distance on maps and globes.
  • In art and design, the millimeter is often used to measure the thickness and width of lines, shapes, and fonts.

History of millimeter

The millimeter has a long and varied history in different countries and cultures. Some historical facts are:

  • The first recorded use of the millimeter as a unit of length was in France in the late 18th century, during the French Revolution. The French Academy of Sciences adopted the metric system as a standard for measurement and defined the meter as one ten-millionth of the distance from the equator to the pole.
  • The millimeter was officially recognized as a part of the SI system in 1960, when the General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM) adopted a new definition of the meter based on the wavelength of light emitted by a krypton-86 atom.
  • The millimeter is still widely used today in many countries that have adopted the metric system, such as most of Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. However, some countries still use other units of length alongside or instead of the millimeter, such as the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Example conversions of millimeter to other units

Here are some examples of how to convert millimeter to other units of length using the conversion factors given above:

  • To convert 5 mm to cm, we divide by 10: 5 mm / 10 = 0.5 cm
  • To convert 12 mm to in, we divide by 25.4: 12 mm / 25.4 = 0.47244 in
  • To convert 100 mm to m, we divide by 1000: 100 mm / 1000 = 0.1 m
  • To convert 250 mm to km, we divide by 1000000: 250 mm / 1000000 = 0.00025 km
  • To convert 500 mm to mi, we divide by 1609344: 500 mm / 1609344 = 0.00031069 mi
  • To convert 1000 mm to nmi, we divide by 1852000: 1000 mm / 1852000 = 0.00053996 nmi
Millimeters also can be marked as millimetres.

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