Miles to Nautical Miles

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There is more than one type of Nautical Mile

There are a few different types of Nautical Mile. On this site we have conversions for US Nautical miles, UK Nautical miles and International Nautical miles. Please either select the appropriate unit on the selection above of click the required unit in the links below:

US Nautical miles

UK Nautical miles

International Nautical miles

What is a mile?

A mile is a unit of length commonly used in the United States and some other countries. It is equal to 5,280 feet or 1,760 yards. The word "mile" is derived from the Latin word "mille," meaning thousand, as it originally represented the distance covered in 1,000 paces by a Roman legionary.

A mile is equivalent to 1760yds or 5280ft.

The mile is commonly used in the United States for measuring long distances, such as road distances and race distances. It is also used in the aviation and maritime industries for navigation purposes. However, in most other countries, the metric system is used, and the kilometer is the preferred unit for measuring long distances.

What is a nautical mile?

A nautical mile is a unit of measurement used in navigation and maritime travel. It is defined as one minute of latitude along any meridian, making it a unit of distance that varies slightly depending on the Earth's shape. The nautical mile is commonly used in aviation and shipping industries due to its convenience in measuring distances over water.

Historically, the nautical mile was derived from the circumference of the Earth, with one minute of latitude being divided into 60 equal parts to create the nautical mile. This unit of measurement is particularly useful for sailors and pilots as it allows for easy calculation of distances based on the Earth's coordinates. The nautical mile is also used in international treaties and agreements related to maritime boundaries and navigation regulations.

 

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