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Dr. Karl Battams

Space in Context: Solar System Scales
With a little artistic license, the scales of features we see in images of solar system objects become far more relatable when we view them in the context of more familiar objects..

Opposite is the asteroid 162173 Ryugu, currently being visited by JAXA's Hyabusa2 spacecraft. The asteroid is only a kilometer (0.6 miles)  or so in diameter, but it's still hard to conceptual the size of the rocks, boulders and craters we see on its surface. 

With just a little stretch of the imagination however, we can add a small rural farming scene to the image - to scale, of course - and and make the scale of the asteroid far more relatable.
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Karl Battams is an astrophysicist and computational scientist based at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington DC. He has operated the NASA-funded Sungrazing Comets Project since 2003, and performs a variety of research related to near-Sun comet. In addition to his comet work, he performs data processing, analysis, and visualization of space-based solar observations from ESA and NASA heliophysics missions.
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