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Submission + - Radius of sun more accurately measured during eclipse (google.com)

Anonymous Squonk writes: "The measurement of the sun currently in use was actually calculated over 120 years ago, and is off by hundreds of kilometers. Thousands of ordinary Japanese citizens worked together to improve this estimate. By measuring the borders of the "ring of fire" effect of the recent eclipse, and using the known size and distance from the Earth of the sun, the radius of the Sun was measured as 696,010 kilometers, with a margin of error of only 20 kilometers."
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Radius of sun more accurately measured during eclipse

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Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.