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سال نوری
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این نقشه نمایان‌گر ستاره‌هایی است که در فاصلهٔ ۱۲٫۵ سال نوری از خورشید ما قرار دارند.
اطلاعات یکا
سامانه‌های اندازه‌گیریدستگاه نجومی یکاها
یکایطول
نشانly 
تبدیل یکا
۱ ly در ...... برابر است با ...
   دستگاه بین‌المللی یکاها (دستگاه متریک)   ۹٫۴۶۰۷×۱۰۱۵ m
   یکاهای دستگاه امپراتوری و دستگاه آمریکایی   ۵٫۸۷۸۶×۱۰۱۲ mi
   یکاهای دستگاه نجومی   ۶٫۳۲۴۱×۱۰۴ AU
   ۰٫۳۰۶۶ pc

سال نوری (به انگلیسی: Light-year) و مخفف آن «ly»، از یکاهای (به انگلیسی: Units of measurement) مورد استفاده در سنجش طول یا درازا است و بیشتر در محاسبات مربوط به کیهان‌شناسی و نجوم به کار می‌رود. سال نوری مطابق تعریف برابر است با مسافتی که نور در مدت یک سال در شرایط خلاء طی می‌کند و تقریباً برابر است با ۹ پتامتر (9Pm).

در این تعریف، دو عامل سرعت نور در خلاء و مدت زمانِ یک سال دخالت دارند. در حال حاضر، مدت زمان دقیق سال که باید برای محاسبهٔ مقدار سال نوری استفاده شود، به صورت بین‌المللی تعریف نشده است و تنها توصیه‌نامه‌ای مبتنی بر استفاده از سال رومی (یولیانی) توسط اتحادیه بین‌المللی اخترشناسی ارائه شده است.

بر مبنای این توصیه‌نامه، یک سال برابر است با ۳۶۵٫۲۵ روز که هر روز معادل ۸۶٫۴۰۰ ثانیه می‌باشد، که با احتساب تعریف سرعت نور به مقدار ۲۹۹،۷۹۲،۴۵۸ متر بر ثانیه، مقدار مسافت سال نوری معادل ۹،۴۶۰،۷۳۰،۴۷۲،۵۸۰،۸۰۰ متر خواهد بود.

به خاطر استاندارد نبودن تعریف ارائه شده از سال و همچنین به دلیل دقت بالای مورد نیاز در کمیت‌های کیهان‌شناسی و نجومی، از واحد پارسک — به جای سال نوری — استفاده می‌شود. البته در کاربردهای عمومی همچنان عنوان سال نوری بیشتر به کار می‌رود و بعضاً با فرض هر سال معادل ۳۶۵ روز و سرعت نور معادل ۳۰۰،۰۰۰ کیلومتر بر ثانیه، مقدار سال نوری را تقریباً برابر با ۱۰۱۵ × ۹٫۴۶۱ متر می‌گیرند که البته پذیرفته نیست.

در ۹ ژانویه ۲۰۱۳ دورترین ابَرنواَختر شناخته شده، توسط تلسکوپ هابل کشف شد. فاصلهٔ این ابرنواختر حدود ۱۰ میلیارد سال نوری است.[۱][۲][۳]

درک بزرگی اندازهٔ سال نوری[ویرایش]

این که بگوییم سال نوری مسافت بسیار بزرگی را نشان می‌دهد، کمی گنگ است. چرا که «بزرگی» صفتی است نسبی و همچنین در این جهان بی‌کران، سال نوری نیز ناچیز است. پس به کار بردن این جمله که «سال نوری مسافت بسیار بزرگی است» به خودی خود اشتباه است. می‌توان گفت سال نوری حدوداً ۶۰ هزار برابر فاصلهٔ زمین تا خورشید است و به عبارت دیگر برابر ۹ بیلیون کیلومتر در مقیاس بزرگ و ۹ تریلیون کیلومتر در مقیاس کوچک است که به صورت تقریبی و گردشده برابر است با: «۹،۰۰۰،۰۰۰،۰۰۰،۰۰۰،۰۰۰ متر»

چند مثال[ویرایش]

  • هنگامی که گفته می‌شود ستاره x حدود ۵ میلیون سال نوری با زمین فاصله دارد، بدین معناست که ۵ میلیون سال پیش از این ستاره نوری ساطع شده که پس از ۵ میلیون سال به زمین رسیده و ما تازه بعد از ۵ میلیون سال آن نور را دیده‌ایم و به وجود چنین ستاره‌ای پی می‌بریم. چه بسا که این ستاره هم‌اکنون از بین رفته باشد و ما ۵ میلیون سال بعد می‌فهمیم.
  • زمانی که منجمان روی خورشید انفجاری را می‌بینند، آن را در زمان واقعی رخدادش نمی‌بینند. نور این انفجار ۸ دقیقه در راه بوده‌است تا به زمین برسد.
  • نزدیکترین ستاره به زمین پس از خورشید، پروکسیما قنطورس هست که تقریباً ۴ سال نوری با زمین فاصله دارد. منجمان نمی‌توانند آن را همانگونه که در زمان حال است ببینند. تنها ظاهر آن را به شکل ۴ سال پیش مشاهده می‌کنند..

جستارهای وابسته[ویرایش]

منابع[ویرایش]

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Light-year
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Map showing the stars that lie within 12.5 light-years of the Sun[1]
General information
Unit systemastronomy units
Unit oflength
Symbolly[2]
Conversions
1 ly[2] in ...... is equal to ...
   metric (SI) units   9.4607×1015 m
   9.4607 Pm
   imperial & US units   5.8786×1012 mi
   astronomical units   63241 au
   0.3066 pc

The light-year is a unit of length used to express astronomical distances and measures about 9.46 trillion kilometres (9.46 x 1012 km) or 5.88 trillion miles (5.88 x 1012 mi).[note 1] As defined by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), a light-year is the distance that light travels in vacuum in one Julian year (365.25 days).[2] Because it includes the word "year", the term light-year may be misinterpreted as a unit of time.[3]

The light-year is most often used when expressing distances to stars and other distances on a galactic scale, especially in non-specialist and popular science publications.[3] The unit most commonly used in professional astrometry is the parsec (symbol: pc, about 3.26 light-years; the distance at which one astronomical unit subtends an angle of one second of arc).[2]

Definitions

As defined by the IAU, the light-year is the product of the Julian year[note 2] (365.25 days as opposed to the 365.2425-day Gregorian year) and the speed of light (299792458 m/s).[note 3] Both of these values are included in the IAU (1976) System of Astronomical Constants, used since 1984.[5] From this, the following conversions can be derived. The IAU recognized abbreviation for light-year is ly,[2] although other standards like ISO 80000 use "l.y."[6][7] and localized abbreviations are frequent, such as "al" in French (from année-lumière), Spanish (from año luz) and Italian (from anno luce), "Lj" in German (from Lichtjahr), etc.

1 light-year   = 9460730472580800 metres (exactly)
9.461 petametres
9.461 trillion kilometres
5.878625 trillion miles
63241.077 astronomical units
0.306601 parsecs

Before 1984, the tropical year (not the Julian year) and a measured (not defined) speed of light were included in the IAU (1964) System of Astronomical Constants, used from 1968 to 1983.[8] The product of Simon Newcomb's J1900.0 mean tropical year of 31556925.9747 ephemeris seconds and a speed of light of 299792.5 km/s produced a light-year of 9.460530×1015 m (rounded to the seven significant digits in the speed of light) found in several modern sources[9][10][11] was probably derived from an old source such as C. W. Allen's 1973 Astrophysical Quantities reference work,[12] which was updated in 2000, including the IAU (1976) value cited above (truncated to 10 significant digits).[13]

Other high-precision values are not derived from a coherent IAU system. A value of 9.460536207×1015 m found in some modern sources[14][15] is the product of a mean Gregorian year (365.2425 days or 31556952 s) and the defined speed of light (299792458 m/s). Another value, 9.460528405×1015 m,[16][17] is the product of the J1900.0 mean tropical year and the defined speed of light.

Abbreviations used for light years and multiples of light years are

  • "ly" for one light year[2]
  • "kly" for a kilolight-year (1,000 light years)[18]
  • "Mly" for a megalight-year (1,000,000 light years)[19]
  • "Gly" for a gigalight-year (1,000,000,000 light years)[20]

History

The light-year unit appeared a few years after the first successful measurement of the distance to a star other than the Sun, by Friedrich Bessel in 1838. The star was 61 Cygni, and he used a 6.2-inch (160 mm) heliometer designed by Joseph von Fraunhofer. The largest unit for expressing distances across space at that time was the astronomical unit, equal to the radius of the Earth's orbit (1.50×108 km or 9.30×107 mi). In those terms, trigonometric calculations based on 61 Cygni's parallax of 0.314 arcseconds, showed the distance to the star to be 660000 astronomical units (9.9×1013 km or 6.1×1013 mi). Bessel added that light employs 10.3 years to traverse this distance.[21] He recognized that his readers would enjoy the mental picture of the approximate transit time for light, but he refrained from using the light-year as a unit. He may have resented expressing distances in light-years because it would deteriorate the accuracy of his parallax data due to multiplying with the uncertain parameter of the speed of light.

The speed of light was not yet precisely known in 1838; its value changed in 1849 (Fizeau) and 1862 (Foucault). It was not yet considered to be a fundamental constant of nature, and the propagation of light through the aether or space was still enigmatic.

The light-year unit appeared in 1851 in a German popular astronomical article by Otto Ule.[22] The paradox of a distance unit name ending on "year" was explained by Ule by comparing it to a hiking road hour (Wegstunde).

A contemporary German popular astronomical book also noticed that light-year is an odd name.[23] In 1868 an English journal labelled the light-year as a unit used by the Germans.[24] Eddington called the light-year an inconvenient and irrelevant unit, which had sometimes crept from popular use into technical investigations.[25]

Although modern astronomers often prefer to use the parsec, light years are also popularly used to gauge the expanses of interstellar and intergalactic space.

Usage of term

Distances expressed in light-years include those between stars in the same general area, such as those belonging to the same spiral arm or globular cluster. Galaxies themselves span from a few thousand to a few hundred thousand light-years in diameter, and are separated from neighbouring galaxies and galaxy clusters by millions of light-years. Distances to objects such as quasars and the Sloan Great Wall run up into the billions of light-years.

List of orders of magnitude for length
Scale (ly) Value Item
10−9 4.04×10−8 ly Reflected sunlight from the Moon's surface takes 1.2–1.3 seconds to travel the distance to the Earth's surface (travelling roughly 350000 to 400000 kilometres).
10−6 1.58×10−5 ly One astronomical unit (the distance from the Sun to the Earth). It takes approximately 499 seconds (8.32 minutes) for light to travel this distance.[26]
1.27×10−4 ly The Huygens probe lands on Titan off Saturn and transmits images from its surface, 1.2 billion kilometres from Earth.
5.04×10−4 ly New Horizons encounters Pluto at a distance of 4.7 billion kilometres, and the communication takes 4 hours 25 minutes to reach Earth.
10−3 2.04×10−3 ly The most distant space probe, Voyager 1, was about 18 light-hours away from the Earth as of October 2014.[27] It will take about 17500 years to reach one light-year (1.0×100 ly) at its current speed of about 17 km/s (38000 mph) relative to the Sun. On September 12, 2013, NASA scientists announced that Voyager 1 had entered the interstellar medium of space on August 25, 2012, becoming the first manmade object to leave the Solar System.[28]
2.28×10−3 ly Voyager 1 as of October 2018, nearly 20 light-hours from the Earth
100 1.6×100 ly The Oort cloud is approximately two light-years in diameter. Its inner boundary is speculated to be at 50000 au, with its outer edge at 100000 au.
2.0×100 ly Maximum extent of the Sun's gravitational dominance (Hill sphere/Roche sphere, 125000 au). Beyond this is the deep ex-solar gravitational interstellar medium.
4.22×100 ly The nearest known star (other than the Sun), Proxima Centauri, is about 4.22 light-years away.[29][30]
8.6×100 ly Sirius, the brightest star of the night sky. Twice as massive and 25 times more luminous than the Sun, it outshines more luminous stars due to its relative proximity.
1.19×101 ly HD 10700 e, an extrasolar candidate for a habitable planet. 6.6 times as massive as the earth, it is in the middle of the habitable zone of star Tau Ceti.[31][32]
2.05×101 ly Gliese 581, a red-dwarf star with several detectable exoplanets.
3.1×102 ly Canopus, second in brightness in the terrestrial sky only to Sirius, a type A9 bright giant 10700 times more luminous than the Sun.
103 3×103 ly A0620-00, the nearest known black hole, is about 3000 light-years away.
2.6×104 ly The centre of the Milky Way is about 26000 light-years away.[33][34]
1×105 ly The Milky Way is about 100000 light-years across.
1.65×105 ly R136a1, in the Large Magellanic Cloud, the most luminous star known at 8.7 million times the luminosity of the Sun, has an apparent magnitude 12.77, just brighter than 3C 273.
106 2.5×106 ly The Andromeda Galaxy is approximately 2.5 million light-years away.
3×106 ly The Triangulum Galaxy (M33), at about 3 million light-years away, is the most distant object visible to the naked eye.
5.9×107 ly The nearest large galaxy cluster, the Virgo Cluster, is about 59 million light-years away.
1.5×1082.5×108 ly The Great Attractor lies at a distance of somewhere between 150 and 250 million light-years (the latter being the most recent estimate).
109 1.2×109 ly The Sloan Great Wall (not to be confused with Great Wall and Her–CrB GW) has been measured to be approximately one billion light-years distant.
2.4×109 ly 3C 273, optically the brightest quasar, of apparent magnitude 12.9, just dimmer than R136a1. 3C 273 is about 2.4 billion light-years away.
4.57×1010 ly The comoving distance from the Earth to the edge of the visible universe is about 45.7 billion light-years in any direction; this is the comoving radius of the observable universe. This is larger than the age of the universe dictated by the cosmic background radiation; see here for why this is possible.

Related units

Distances between objects within a star system tend to be small fractions of a light year, and are usually expressed in astronomical units. However, smaller units of length can similarly be formed usefully by multiplying units of time by the speed of light. For example, the light-second, useful in astronomy, telecommunications and relativistic physics, is exactly 299792458 metres or ​131557600 of a light-year. Units such as the light-minute, light-hour and light-day are sometimes used in popular science publications. The light-month, roughly one-twelfth of a light-year, is also used occasionally for approximate measures.[35][36] The Hayden Planetarium specifies the light month more precisely as 30 days of light travel time.[37]

Light travels approximately one foot in a nanosecond; the term "light-foot" is sometimes used as an informal measure of time.[38]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ One trillion here is taken to be 1012 (one million million, or billion in long scale).
  2. ^ One Julian year is of exactly 365.25 days (or 31557600 s based on a day of exactly 86400 SI seconds)[4]
  3. ^ The speed of light is precisely 299792458 m/s by definition of the metre.

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External links

  • The dictionary definition of light-year at Wiktionary