Friday, October 31, 2014

Rosetta Comet in Scale with an Airplane

I've posted before about the Rosetta space probe, that is in the process of making a rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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The fact that we can send spacecraft to land on a comet that's approaching our Sun is nothing short of amazing.

I am very aware of the vast cosmic distances in the Universe, but I still find the size of the comet to be mind-boggling. 

When you think of a comet, you probably imagine a big boulder floating through space. However, at 2.5 miles across, this is a pretty big object. Of course, I'm speaking in terms of scale to us tiny humans. In a cosmic scale, it's a piece of dust.

To give a better perspective on the size of the comet, Reddit user grouchymcsurly placed a 747 jet into some of the pictures, at the correct scale.

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