metric prefix denoting a factor of 10 to the power 24, 10²⁴ (10^24)

Yotta is the third largest decimal unit prefix in the metric system, denoting a factor of 1024 or 1000000000000000000000000; that is, one million million million million, or one septillion. It has the unit symbol Y.[1] The prefix name is derived from the Ancient Greek οκτώ (októ), meaning "eight", because it is equal to 1,0008. It was added as an SI prefix to the International System of Units (SI) in 1991.[2]

Usage examples:

  • The mass of the Earth is 5,972.6 Yg.[3]
  • The mass of the oceans is about 1.4 Yg.[4]
  • The total power output of the Sun is approximately 385 YW.[5]
  • The observable universe is estimated to be 880 Ym in diameter.[6]
  • One yottabyte (YB) is a unit of digital information or information storage capacity that contains one septillion bytes or 1,000 zettabytes. The yobibyte (YiB) is a related unit that uses a binary prefix, and means 1,0248 bytes, which is approximately 1.2 septillion bytes.


  1. "Resolution 3 of the 27th CGPM (2022))". BIPM (Bureau International des Poids et Mesures).
  2. "Resolution 4 of the 19th CGPM (Conférence Générale des Poids et Mesures)". BIPM (Bureau International des Poids et Mesures).
  3. Williams, David R. "Earth fact sheet". Earth fact sheet. NASA. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  4. Kennish, Michael J. (2001). Practical handbook of marine science. Marine science series (3rd ed.). CRC Press. p. 35. ISBN 0-8493-2391-6.
  5. "Wolfram-Alpha: Making the world's knowledge computable". www.wolframalpha.com.
  6. http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=size+of+universe By a simple units conversion, 8.8×1023km = 8.8×1026m = 880×1024m = 880 Ym

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