the distance light travels in one week
They have warning long before anything can possibly happen. They can, and do, spot trouble over a light-week away, so their plans allow one week to perfect their defenses.
By making a point 0100 turn we shall miss the storm by seven light weeks. I admit it is an appallingly sharp curve, but I feel that we should have at least that much leeway.
We are close to Sol. A light-week or less.
How far had they come? Little more than a light-week or two; he could hear the whir of motors still building up acceleration.
Nevertheless that pencil must scrawl broadly over the sky, and for a long time, merely hoping to write on its target. For when distances are measured in light-weeks, the smallest errors grow monstrous.
We're only a couple of light-weeks out from Sol, and he’s a light-year away, and I think he’s decelerating.
I figure we'll clear the planetary hyper limit, pop into h-space and move a couple of light-weeks out, then come back in the same way we did for Sharon’s Star.
Along with his wife, Scarlett, he’d been spending three months out of every four on their private yacht, jumping six light weeks out into space and then turning around and jumping straight back. They’d been doing it for the past twenty-four years, fast-forwarding themselves into the future, waiting for Kat to return from Djatt.
E.E. Smith, 'Skylark of Valeron'
The OED entry lists a 1992 cite.
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