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Peta /ˈpɛ.tə/ is a decimal unit prefix in the metric system denoting multiplication by 1015 (1000000000000000). It was adopted as an SI prefix in the International System of Units in 1975, and has the symbol P.
Peta is derived from the Greek πέντε, meaning "five". It denotes the fifth power of 1000 (10005). It is similar to the prefix penta ("five"), but without the letter n (on the analogy of the prefix tera (from the Greek for "monster") for 10004 looking like tetra- ("four") with a letter missing).
- 1 petametre = 1015 metres
- 1 petasecond = 1015 seconds (31,7 million years)
- 1 petabyte = 1015 bytes
- the mass–energy equivalence is 89.9 PJ/kg
- 1 light-year = 9.461 Pm
- The metric system was introduced in 1795 with several metric prefixes, of which, however, only six were adopted as SI prefixes by the 11th CGPM conference in 1960, whereas myria (ma, 104) and myrio (mo, 10-4) as well as double and demi were not adopted. In 1873, micro and mega were recommended by the British Association for the Advancement of Science. The other dates relate to recognition by a resolution of the CGPM.
- "Resolution 10 of the 15th meeting of the CGPM (1975)". International Bureau of Weights and Measures. Retrieved 2012-04-18.