Spat (unit)

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The spat (symbol sp[1]), from the Latin spatium ("space"), is a unit of solid angle.[2][3] 1 spat is equal to 4π steradians[1][3] or approximately 41253 square degrees of solid angle.[2] As such, it is the solid angle subtended by a sphere at its centre.[2]

The spat (symbol S[4]) is also an obsolete unit of distance used in astronomy.[4][2] It is equal to 1000000000 kilometres (1 Tm or 1012 m).[4][2] It is about 6.6846 astronomical units (AU),[2] 1.057×10−4 light-years or 3.240×10−5 parsecs.

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  1. ^ a b The Ultimate Online Reference for Engineers. Sunnyvale, California, USA: eFunda Inc. Retrieved 2015-10-19. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Rowlett, Russ (2004). "A Dictionary of Units of Measurement". Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina. Retrieved 2015-10-16. 
  3. ^ a b Glossary » Units » Solid Angle » Spat. Sunnyvale, California, USA: eFunda Inc. 
  4. ^ a b c Nouvelle encyclopédie du monde. 16. Montréal, Toronto, Paris: Éditions Leland Ltée, Librairie Aristide Quillet. 1962. p. 5426.