How big is Phaethon?
We put Phaethon in context, by comparing its size to some well-known objects – both terrestrial and celestial
1. Phaethon – 6km (diameter) 2. Bennu – asteroid currently being investigated by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx sample-return mission: 500m (diameter)
3. The Shard – the tallest building in the UK, overlooking the River Thames: 309.6m (height)
4. The London Eye – giant ferris wheel situated on London’s South Bank: 135m (height)
5. Comet 67P – icy body visited by ESA’s Rosetta mission: 4.34km (longest side)
6. Ceres – dwarf planet lurking in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter: 945km (diameter)