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Discuss the use of the term light year in relation to space and astronomy?
A light year is the distance that light travels in a year, so it is a measure of distance, not time. Light travels at about 186,000 miles per second or about 300,000 kilometres per second. There are 31,536,000 seconds in a year. There is about 5,869,713,600,000 miles in a light year or about 9,445,950,434,500 kilometres.