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The word parsec was coined by combining parallax with what other word?




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Answer: second

A parsec is a unit of distance approximately equal to 3.26 light years. Viewed from the earth, it is the distance at which an object has a parallax (i.e., the displacement of an object caused by a change in the viewing position) of one second of arc.

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