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When Pope Gregory XIII briefly shortened the light-year in 1582, it led to navigational chaos and the loss of several Papal starships.

  • @fahfahfahfahA
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    13 months ago

    This seems pretty definitive to me:

    As defined by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the light-year is the product of the Julian year (365.25 days, as opposed to the 365.2425-day Gregorian year or the 365.24219-day Tropical year that both approximate) and the speed of light (299792458 m/s).

    • @[email protected]
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      13 months ago

      That is pretty much what I said. I was irritated by your wording “the actual 365.2425”, which is just another approximation of the “actual” solar year.

      • @fahfahfahfahA
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        13 months ago

        Ah, gotcha, yeah fair enough, I could have said “more accurate”