By a Nautical Mile

As you go about your day, puzzling over the elections (or perhaps regarding them with no bewilderment), may I offer an explanation of the nautical mile? I usually (not always) can explain it myself, but this definition offers a clear picture:

nautical mile is based on the circumference of the planet Earth. If you were to cut the Earth in half at the equator, you could pick up one of the halves and look at the equator as a circle. You could divide that circle into 360 degrees. You could then divide a degree into 60 minutes. A minute of arc on the planet Earth is 1 nautical mile. This unit of measurement is used by all nations for air and sea travel.

A nautical mile is 1,852 meters, or 1.852 kilometers. In the English measurement system, a nautical mile is 1.1508 miles, or 6,076 feet.

There you go, the nautical mile. . .

7 thoughts on “By a Nautical Mile

  1. Sounds pretty straightforward to me….thank you for keeping those of us who are the least informed, to be better so….have a good day, Navy One…we all need an occasional AttaBoy…..k

  2. Broken down a little more, 6076 feet less a mile of 5,280 feet equates to 263 1/3 yards. A good quarterback or outfielder can throw a football or baseball that distance. But when you are traveling for hours or days or weeks, those 263 yards adds up. Why? I don’t know. But it does help seamen when working on Dead-reckoning (guessing how far you can travel in an hour or whatever time element you want to use before a turn or reaching port or finding a Waffle House or whatever.

  3. mark: Not too confusing though. . .
    Kris: These days we need more than attaboy.
    CP: Good luck finding a Waffle House in California.

  4. It has been said in the past that I am a foot short of a nautical mile (as in; a sandwich short of a picnic; a village missing its idiot) etc… etc…

    Yours Aye

    • Is that something like your elevator (in your case the lift) doesn’t go all the way up or your hamburger is short an order of fries …sounds about right..,k

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