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Han Solo Talked About It, but What Exactly is a Parsec?



At DigiLyfe we always like to display that many of the things you see in movies are based in reality. In Star Wars, Han Solo boasted about the speed of his ship the  ‘Millennium Falcon’ saying it made the “Kessel Run in under 12 Parsecs.” Little known fact is that a Parsec is a real scientific term for measuring light and distances in space.

In reality, a parsec is equivalent to 3.26 light years. And since a light year is the distance light travels in 1 year 9.4 trillion km, 1 parsec equals 30.8 trillion km. So, where then, does the term, “parsec”, come from? Parsec is a combination of 2 words, parallax (par) and arc second (sec).



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Stephen Brown
Stephen Brown @SteveBTech is a Technology Entrepreneur, & Int'l CES Judge. Along with being the founder of DigiLyfe, and Nubby.co, he is the founder of DigitalAfro.com, & StemStars.org an organization that teaches K-12 Students Science & Technology.

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