This amazing photo series comparing the size of things by Kevin Wisbith is a really fun way to earn some brain wrinkles, because it gives you a better sense of the true size of random buildings, ships, machines, and other objects. You get to see things like a B-2 bomber stretch across the width of an entire football field, and the Titanic lay out on top of a aircraft carrier.
It’s also weird to see things in places where they’re not supposed to be butpretty interesting since you get a better perspective on their scale. Below, you can see more comparisons that Wisbith makes, like the largest radio telescope on The Strip in Las Vegas and a NASA M1 rocket motor compared to a car.
As we continue the hunt for extraterrestrial life, we continue to build bigger and bigger telescopes. The biggest radio telescope to date is the Chinese Guizhou province telescope that is 1,600 feet in diameter. If placed in downtown Las Vegas it would cover half of The Mirage, all of the LINQ, all of Harrahs, and most of Venetian.
The Dionysus asteroid is part of the Apollo asteroid belt. The Dionysus asteroid is estimated to be 1.5 km wide or 4921.26 feet. The value of the resources estimated to be within the asteroid is around $2,600,000,000,000. If the asteroid was placed above the Golden Gate Bridge, it wouldn’t even surpass the bridge span.
The largest oil tanker ever produced was the Seawise Giant which spanned 1,504 feet. If placed in the main lake in New York’s Central Park it would only have 350 feet of extra room on the front and back.
The M-1 Rocket Motor: The M-1 Rocket motor was designed back in the 1950s for the NASA space program and would have been the biggest motor ever built had it been constructed. It’s designed diameter was 14 feet, or wide enough to fully cover a Smart Car with 2 feet to spare on either side. [Credit:https://imgur.com/gallery/7tTEJ, highlighted from Casey Chan, 9/30/16, 11:15pm, https://sploid.gizmodo.com].
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