1 R =Units
6.95700×108metres
695,700kilometres
0.00465047astronomical unit
432,288miles
7.35355×10−8light-year
2.25461×10−8parsec
2.32061light-seconds

Solar radius is a unit of distance used to express the size of stars in astronomy relative to the Sun. The solar radius is usually defined as the radius to the layer in the Sun's photosphere where the optical depth equals 2/3:

${\displaystyle 1\,R_{\odot }=6.957\times 10^{5}{\hbox{ km}}}$

The solar radius is approximately 695,700 kilometres (432,300 miles), which is about 10 times the average radius of Jupiter, about 109 times the radius of the Earth, and 1/215th of an astronomical unit, the distance of the Earth from the Sun. It varies slightly from pole to equator due to its rotation, which induces an oblateness in the order of 10 parts per million.[1]

The unmanned SOHO spacecraft was used to measure the radius of the Sun by timing transits of Mercury across the surface during 2003 and 2006. The result was a measured radius of 696,342 ± 65 kilometres (432,687 ± 40 miles).[2]

Haberreiter, Schmutz & Kosovichev (2008)[3] determined the radius corresponding to the solar photosphere to be 695,660 ± 140 kilometres (432,263 ± 87 miles). This new value is consistent with helioseismic estimates; the same study showed that previous estimates using inflection point methods had been overestimated by approximately 300 km (190 mi).

In 2015, the International Astronomical Union passed Resolution B3, which defined a set of nominal conversion constants for stellar and planetary astronomy. Resolution B3 defined the nominal solar radius (symbol ${\displaystyle R_{\odot }^{N}}$) to be equal to exactly 695,700 km.[4] The nominal values were adopted to help astronomers avoid confusion when quoting stellar radii in units of the Sun's radius, even when future observations will likely refine the Sun's actual photospheric radius (which is currently only known to about the ±100–200 km accuracy).

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