During its 4.5-billion-year life span, Earth’s been hit by countless asteroids. (Despite Jupiter’s noble attempts at defending it.) But while it’s easy to imagine the damage they’ve done, just how big have these asteroids been? This video from YouTuber MetaBallStudios (MBS) will give you a good sense of their dastardly size. As well as the sizes of other monstrous asteroids in the solar system.
MBS, a Spanish animator living in the U.K. who goes by the name Alvaro, posted this particular size comparison to his channel in the year of dumpster fires. More recently, the animator has compared the sizes of objects like like cities, science fiction ships, and even gaming-console sales figures.
Alvaro begins his comparison with a relatively small 12-foot-long asteroid, 2008 TC3. That asteroid, as its name implies, entered Earth’s atmosphere in 2008, exploding an estimated 23 miles above the Nubian desert.
The comparison then ascends through roughly two dozen more asteroids before calling a lid on the lineup with Vesta, one of the largest objects in the asteroid belt. (For reference, Vesta is 326 miles in diameter constitutes 9% of the asteroid belt with its mass.) And, as the video shows, the gigantic rock dwarfs any one of Europe’s smaller countries. Indeed, it’s big enough to imagine its unthinkably huge impact leading to the end of the world.
Anyone who wants an even better sense of the scale of the solar system, and the objects inside of it, should definitely check out more of Alvaro’s videos. This one, for example, compares the sizes of different moons. There are also other YouTubers who’ve made fascinating cosmic size-comparison videos. There’s even a video that compares some of the tiniest things in the universe with some of the largest. Including the universe itself. And even the universe our universe is in!