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A

or of angle

. The minute is a unit of time

equal to 1/60th (the first sexagesimal fraction) of an hour

or 60 second

s. In the UTC

time scale

, a minute on rare occasions has 59 or 61 seconds; see leap second

. The minute is not an SI

unit; however, it is accepted for use with SI units. The SI symbol for

, the minute is a unit of angle, the

The Earth

turns on its polar

axis through fifteen minutes of arc in every minute of sidereal time

. One minute of arc at the Earth's equator

is approximately one nautical mile

.

In old astronomical texts

year as 10759D12', that is 10759 (Earth) days, 4 hours, and 48 (usual) minutes (roughly 29.5 years),

**minute**is a unit of measurement of timeTime

Time is a part of the measuring system used to sequence events, to compare the durations of events and the intervals between them, and to quantify rates of change such as the motions of objects....

or of angle

Angle

In geometry, an angle is the figure formed by two rays sharing a common endpoint, called the vertex of the angle.Angles are usually presumed to be in a Euclidean plane with the circle taken for standard with regard to direction. In fact, an angle is frequently viewed as a measure of an circular arc...

. The minute is a unit of time

Time

Time is a part of the measuring system used to sequence events, to compare the durations of events and the intervals between them, and to quantify rates of change such as the motions of objects....

equal to 1/60th (the first sexagesimal fraction) of an hour

Hour

The hour is a unit of measurement of time. In modern usage, an hour comprises 60 minutes, or 3,600 seconds...

or 60 second

Second

The second is a unit of measurement of time, and is the International System of Units base unit of time. It may be measured using a clock....

s. In the UTC

Coordinated Universal Time

Coordinated Universal Time is the primary time standard by which the world regulates clocks and time. It is one of several closely related successors to Greenwich Mean Time. Computer servers, online services and other entities that rely on having a universally accepted time use UTC for that purpose...

time scale

Time scale

A time scale specifies divisions of time.*Time standard, a specification of either the rate at which time passes, or points in time, or both*Duration , a quantity of time...

, a minute on rare occasions has 59 or 61 seconds; see leap second

Leap second

A leap second is a positive or negative one-second adjustment to the Coordinated Universal Time time scale that keeps it close to mean solar time. UTC, which is used as the basis for official time-of-day radio broadcasts for civil time, is maintained using extremely precise atomic clocks...

. The minute is not an SI

Si

Si, si, or SI may refer to :- Measurement, mathematics and science :* International System of Units , the modern international standard version of the metric system...

unit; however, it is accepted for use with SI units. The SI symbol for

*minute*or*minutes*is**(for time measurement) or apostrophe after a number, eg 5' (for angle measurement, even if it is informally used for time).***min*## Astronomy

In astronomyAstronomy

Astronomy is a natural science that deals with the study of celestial objects and phenomena that originate outside the atmosphere of Earth...

, the minute is a unit of angle, the

*minute of right ascension*

. It is equal to 1/60th of an hour of right ascension and can be further divided into 60 seconds of right ascension.Right ascension

Right ascension is the astronomical term for one of the two coordinates of a point on the celestial sphere when using the equatorial coordinate system. The other coordinate is the declination.-Explanation:...

The Earth

Earth

Earth is the third planet from the Sun, and the densest and fifth-largest of the eight planets in the Solar System. It is also the largest of the Solar System's four terrestrial planets...

turns on its polar

Geographical pole

A geographical pole is either of the two points—the north pole and the south pole—on the surface of a rotating planet where the axis of rotation meets the surface of the body...

axis through fifteen minutes of arc in every minute of sidereal time

Sidereal time

Sidereal time is a time-keeping system astronomers use to keep track of the direction to point their telescopes to view a given star in the night sky...

. One minute of arc at the Earth's equator

Equator

An equator is the intersection of a sphere's surface with the plane perpendicular to the sphere's axis of rotation and containing the sphere's center of mass....

is approximately one nautical mile

Nautical mile

The nautical mile is a unit of length that is about one minute of arc of latitude along any meridian, but is approximately one minute of arc of longitude only at the equator...

.

In old astronomical texts

*minute*can also mean a unit of time equal to 1/60th of a day (24 usual minutes). These minutes correspond to the Latin*diei scrupulis*, and used to express periods of planetary motions. For example, Kepler in Harmonices Mundi gives SaturnSaturn

Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second largest planet in the Solar System, after Jupiter. Saturn is named after the Roman god Saturn, equated to the Greek Cronus , the Babylonian Ninurta and the Hindu Shani. Saturn's astronomical symbol represents the Roman god's sickle.Saturn,...

year as 10759D12', that is 10759 (Earth) days, 4 hours, and 48 (usual) minutes (roughly 29.5 years),