Dimensions of asteroids known to science in comparison with terrestrial objects

As Bruce Willis used to say: "No, no, we'd better come to you!»

The fall of a giant asteroid to Earth is a popular scenario of the Apocalypse, moreover, it is among the top most likely versions of the end of the world, slightly second only to nuclear war and global warming.

Dimensions of asteroids known to science in comparison with terrestrial objects

In order for an asteroid to destroy all life on our planet, it needs to be 10 km in diameter. scientists have counted as many as 127 such companions in our Solar system, and this is only those who agreed to register!

Watch the video on the topic

Inspired by this life-affirming information, the MetaBallStudios YouTube channel made a video showing the size of different asteroids in the Solar system compared to various objects on Earth: a person, a car, the Eiffel tower, and the city of new York. The video shows both four-meter tiny asteroids and giants with a diameter of 939 kilometers.

Dimensions of asteroids known to science in comparison with terrestrial objects

The smallest of the asteroids, 2008 TC3, crashed into Earth in 2008 and almost completely burned up in the atmosphere. Its wreckage fell in the area of the Sudan.

Dimensions of asteroids known to science in comparison with terrestrial objects

The largest asteroid on the list is Ceres. It, however, was listed in asteroids until 2006, and is now considered a dwarf planet. Ceres is located in the asteroid belt. Its diameter is 939 km.

According to scientists, the asteroid that fell to Earth about 65 million years ago and killed the dinosaurs in their Prime was from 4.1 to 4.4 km in diameter.