This is What the Rosetta’s Comet Looks Like Compared to the City of Los Angeles

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Did you guys hear about the comet that the Rosetta mission spacecraft landed on? You know, the one the European space program launched?

Well the comet has name and it’s R67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko and it’s big. How big? Like really frackin’ big. Like big enough to make the L.A. skyline look like the fine print on the back of a can of soda.


And just to creatively demonstrate that fact, Matt Wong posted this image to flickr mashing up what the comet would look like if it was put smack dab in the middle of downtown L.A. (hopefully that never happens!).

Rosetta Comet in Downtown Los Angeles

Still not hitting home for you? The NY Times also has a graphic that can help you visualize the scale (it compares the comet up against Central Park).

Oh, and of course if you’d like to follow the mission progress of Rosetta, you can find updates on the ESA official website.

[h/t: Mental Floss]


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