Kiloparsec - definition of kiloparsec by The Free Dictionary
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1. (Units) one thousand parsecs
2. (Astronomy) one thousand parsecs
A unit of distance used to measure the distance between galactic bodies. 1 kiloparsec = 3260 light years.
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We assume a plane parallel atmosphere of scale height 0.11kpc, with a mean extinction of 0.7 magnitudes per kiloparsec
. Thus a star at high Galactic latitude, at distance "D" from the Sun, is assumed to have a line of sight extinction [A.sub.v]=0.7 mags/kpc up to distance "x" (the limit of the Galactic disk) and [A.sub.v]=0.7 henceforth (Fig.
Pennypacker says that on the basis of observations made so far, they have calculated a "preliminary' value of the Hubble constant to be 100 kilometers per second per kiloparsec
. However, they do not claim great accuracy for this, saying only that they are within 45 percent of the true value.