solar constant


Definition of solar constant

: the quantity of radiant solar energy received at the outer layer of the earth's atmosphere that has a mean value of 1370 watts per square meter

Examples of solar constant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In some cases, Matthews said, the stations have registered levels of solar radiation equal to or exceeding the solar constant - that is, the amount of sunlight scientists expect to see at the outermost limits of Earth's atmosphere. Maddie Stone, Anchorage Daily News, "World’s highest weather stations reveal intense sunshine may be melting ice on Mount Everest," 13 Dec. 2019

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1869, in the meaning defined above

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“Solar constant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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