Light Years To Miles.

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One light year explained.

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5.879e+12. So that is what comes up if you convert one light year to miles. My question is, what does the 'e' mean? I see it quite a bit.
 

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It's standard computer and calculator notation for "times ten to the power". So it's saying that one light year is 5.879×1012 miles.
 
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It's standard computer and calculator notation for "times ten to the power". So it's saying that one light year is 5.879×1012 miles.
Thanks. So 10 times 12 times
 
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Thanks. So 10 times 12 times
If you mean 5.879×10×10×10×...×10 with twelve ×10s, yes.
 

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