Ronnagram: New units of measurement have been established

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ParisNew measurement units were established – the Earth weighs six ronnagrams

The 27th General Conference on Weights and Measures was held at the Palace of Versailles near Paris. The International System of Units now has four prefixes for extremely large and extremely small numbers.

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With the new unit of measurement, the Earth weighs six ronnagrams.

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Richard Brown of Britain's National Physics Laboratory:

Richard Brown of the UK’s National Physics Laboratory: “Over the last 30 years the data realm has grown exponentially and data scientists have realized that we will no longer have words to describe the levels of storage capacity.”

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The General Conference on Weights and Measures was held in the Palace of Versailles near Paris.

The General Conference on Weights and Measures was held in the Palace of Versailles near Paris.

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It’s about it

  • The General Conference on Weights and Measures is held every four years.

  • New units of measurement are now available for numbers with 27 and 30 zeros.

  • The new terms made it easier to name things.

The volume of data in the computer age is growing rapidly – and according to scientific estimates, the usual size prefixes like “mili-” in milligrams and billions are no longer enough. At the General Conference on Weights and Measures, held every four years in Versailles on Friday, experts from 64 countries agreed to create new units of size on both sides of the spectrum.

They accepted a proposal from Richard Brown, Head of Metrology at Britain’s National Physics Laboratory: the introduction of “Ronna” and “Quetta” – prefixes for numbers with 27 and 30 zeros – and their decimal counterparts “Ronto” and “Quecto”.

The new terms will take effect immediately

“Over the past 30 years, the data realm has grown exponentially, and data scientists have realized that we will no longer have words to describe the levels of storage capacity,” Brown told the AP. New terms make it easier to name things scientists have long known.

The mass of the electron corresponds to the rontogram. “The Earth weighing about six ronnagrams.” z Planet Jupiter it has a mass of two quettagrams, and the diameter of the entire observable universe is “just a ronnameter,” Brown explained. The new terms will take effect immediately. They are the first additions to the world of weights and measures since 1991.

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