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An '''astronomical unit''' (AU) is the average distance between the Earth and the Sun. It is defined as exactly 149,597,871 km, and equals approximately 8 [[Light minute|light minutes]]. The unit is most commonly used to measure distances within our and other solar systems.<ref>McClure, Brian. 2017. [https://earthsky.org/space/what-is-the-astronomical-unit “What Is an Astronomical Unit?”] EarthSky. October 23, 2017. </ref>
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An '''astronomical unit''' (AU) is the average distance between the Earth and the Sun. It is defined as exactly 149,597,871 km, and equals approximately 8 [[Light-minute|light-minutes]]. The unit is most commonly used to measure distances within our and other solar systems.<ref>McClure, Brian. 2017. [https://earthsky.org/space/what-is-the-astronomical-unit “What Is an Astronomical Unit?”] EarthSky. October 23, 2017. </ref>
  
 
[[Mars]] is about 2.5 AU from the Sun, which means it is 2.5 times the distance from the [[Earth]] to the Sun, or approximately 375 million km from the Sun (149,597,871 km • 2.5).
 
[[Mars]] is about 2.5 AU from the Sun, which means it is 2.5 times the distance from the [[Earth]] to the Sun, or approximately 375 million km from the Sun (149,597,871 km • 2.5).

Latest revision as of 22:25, 6 December 2019

An astronomical unit (AU) is the average distance between the Earth and the Sun. It is defined as exactly 149,597,871 km, and equals approximately 8 light-minutes. The unit is most commonly used to measure distances within our and other solar systems.[1]

Mars is about 2.5 AU from the Sun, which means it is 2.5 times the distance from the Earth to the Sun, or approximately 375 million km from the Sun (149,597,871 km • 2.5).

References

  1. McClure, Brian. 2017. “What Is an Astronomical Unit?” EarthSky. October 23, 2017.