the distance light travels in one year
1868 Student & Intellectual Observer (vol. 1, no. 3) Apr. 240
He makes its distance from the solar system 1,273,000 times the earth’s diameter from the sun, and its distance measured in ‘light years’ (as the Germans call the space traversed by light in a year) as 20.1.
1888 Athenæum 27 Oct. 558/2
The distances in light-years of the last two stars.
At one time there was the cold, blue-white smoke of a gaseous nebula within five light years of the ship.
Foundation Trilogy–Foundation .i. 5
This empire filled a rough sphere in space, about two thousand light-years across.
High Crusade (1982) v. 32
Drive—space-warp [.] Range—18 years at light-year velocity [.] Registry—Earth, United Spaceship.
Original outline for ‘Star Trek’ in S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry Making of ‘Star Trek’ (1968) i. 24
Millions upon millions of light years of absolutely nothing, except a few molecules of ionized gas.
Star Trek 8 88
Dozens of light-years from the nearest star, it was simply a collection of asteroidal debris.
Return vi. 34
The vast likelihood was that we would both die on that ball of mud fifty light-years from home.
My Brother’s Keeper . i. 13
‘A whole star system with no organic life anywhere near, not for several light-years in any direction. Not even bacteria.’ Yma lets out a dark purple bobble [sic]. ‘Why do I find myself doubting this is a coincidence?’
Victories Greater Than Death xxxv. 191
in the Student and Intellectual Observer
Research HistoryBen Ostrowsky submitted a 2021 cite from C. J. Anders (who confirmed by email that the word "bobble" was intentional).
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