parsec
parsec par"sec (p[aum]r"s[e^]k), n. [From parallax second. See {parallax second} and {annual parallax}, under {parallax}.] (Astron.) A unit of length used in describing astronomical distances, equal to 3.26 light years, or 3.086 x 1013 km. Abbreviated pc. The derived units of kiloparsec (kpc, 1000 parsecs) and megaparsec (mpc, one million parsecs) are often found in discussion of astronomical distances. [PJC]

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  • parsec — [ parsɛk ] n. m. • 1923; de par(allaxe) et seconde ♦ Métrol., astron. Unité de mesure de longueur (symb. pc) utilisée en astronomie, valant 3,26 années lumière. ● parsec nom masculin (de parallaxe, et seconde) Unité de distance (symbole pc)… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • parsec — PARSÉC, parseci, s.m. Unitate de lungime folosită în astronomie, egală cu distanţa parcursă de lumină în 3,26 ani. – Din fr. parsec. Trimis de valeriu, 03.02.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  parséc s. m., pl. parséci Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa:… …   Dicționar Român

  • parsec — s. m. [Astronomia] Unidade astronômica de distância equivalente à distância de uma estrela cuja paralaxe anual seria de um segundo. (O parsec equivale a 3,26 anos luz, ou seja 3,08.1013 quilômetros.)   ‣ Etimologia: inglês parsec, de par[allax] + …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • parsec — o pársec (Del ingl. parsec, acrón. de parallax second, segundo de paralaje). m. Astr. Unidad astronómica de longitud, igual a la distancia de un cuerpo celeste desde el que se viera el semieje mayor de la órbita terrestre con un ángulo de un… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • pársec — parsec o pársec (Del ingl. parsec, acrón. de parallax second, segundo de paralaje). m. Astr. Unidad astronómica de longitud, igual a la distancia de un cuerpo celeste desde el que se viera el semieje mayor de la órbita terrestre con un ángulo de… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • parsec — (n.) 1913, from first elements of parallax second. It is the distance at which an object has parallax (viewed from Earth) of one second of arc, or about 3.26 light years …   Etymology dictionary

  • parsec — (izg. parsȅk) m DEFINICIJA astron. posebna jedinica za daljinu u astronomiji; udaljenost zvijezde od Sunca pri kojoj zvjezdana paralaksa iznosi 1 ; znak pc ETIMOLOGIJA krat., engl. par (allax): paralaksa + sec (ond): sekunda …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • parsec — ► NOUN ▪ a unit of astronomical distance equal to about 3.25 light years, corresponding to the distance at which the radius of the earth s orbit subtends an angle of one second of arc. ORIGIN blend of PARALLAX(Cf. ↑parallax) and SECOND(Cf.… …   English terms dictionary

  • parsec — [pär′sek΄] n. [ PAR(ALLAX) + SEC(OND)] a unit of distance, usually used to measure the distance to a star, equal to 206,265 astronomical units (3.0857 x 1013 kilometers or 1.92 x 1013 miles or 3.2616 light years): it is the distance at which an… …   English World dictionary

  • Parsec — For other uses, see Parsec (disambiguation). 1 parsec = SI units 30.857×10^12 km 30.857×10^15 m Astronomical units 206.26× …   Wikipedia

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