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One of the stalwart units of astronomy just got a makeover. The International Astronomical Union, the authority on astronomical constants, has voted unanimously to redefine the astronomical unit, the conventional unit of length based on the distance between the Earth and the sun.
The revision also makes the unit easier for engineers, software designers and students to understand, Klioner and his colleague Nicole Capitaine, of Paris Observatory, noted.
I'm sure you have a source for what you quoted above. Did you forget to post it?
Originally posted by RedDogJT
This fixing of the variable seems like a move to undermine all future space travel. Since we can no longer accurately calculate stellar distances within our own solar system.