## What is a millimeter?

A millimeter is a thousandth of a meter (1/1000) which is the SI (International System of Units) unit of length. It is normally used to measure small lengths like the thickness of a sheet of paper or the dimensions of a small object.

One millimeter is approximately equal to 0.03937 inches (about 1/25th). Presicely there are 25.4 millimeters in an inch and it is often used in science and engineering. It is used in countries that have adopted the metric system.

You may come across millimeters when measuring the size of electronic components, jewelry or even the thickness of a fingernail.

## What is a Parsec?

A parsec is a unit of length used in astronomy to measure vast distances between celestial objects. The term "parsec" is derived from the words "parallax" and "second," which refer to the method used to calculate this unit. Specifically, a parsec is defined as the distance at which an object would have a parallax angle of one arcsecond when observed from opposite ends of Earth's orbit around the Sun.

To understand the concept of a parsec, it is important to grasp the idea of parallax. Parallax is the apparent shift in the position of an object when viewed from different vantage points. In the case of astronomy, scientists use the Earth's orbit as a baseline to measure the parallax of distant stars. By observing a star from opposite ends of Earth's orbit, astronomers can calculate the angle of parallax and subsequently determine the star's distance.