# How would you use the parallax formula to determine the distances to a star (in parsecs)? The parallax angle is 0.0012516.

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Oct 11, 2016

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#### Explanation:

The angle has to be in second ( '' ) unit.

For 1'' parallax angle, the distance is 1 parsec.

For other values in seconds, the distance = 1/(angle in seconds)

parsecs. This is for approximations, for a few significant digits (sd)

only.

Here, the distance is 1 /.0012516 = 798.98 parsecs, nearly.

Had the unit of the angle been taken as degree,

the distance ( 0222 parsec ) will be too small to be the distance

of a star.

The distance of the nearest star Proxima Centauri is 1.293 parsecs.