Size comparison of asteroid Kleopatra with northern Italy

This image provides a size comparison of the asteroid Kleopatra with northern Italy. 

The top half of the image shows a computer model of Kleopatra, a “dog-bone” shaped asteroid which orbits the Sun in the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter. End to end, Kleopatra is 270 kilometres long. 

The bottom half of the image gives an aerial view of northern Italy, with the footprint Kleopatra would have if it were hovering above it. 

Edit (13 September 2021): An earlier version of this image did not correctly indicate the scale of the asteroid compared to northern Italy. This has been fixed.


ESO/M. Kornmesser/Marchis et al.

About the Image

Release date:9 September 2021, 14:00
Related releases:eso2113
Size:4726 x 3650 px

About the Object

Name:(216) Kleopatra
Type:Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Asteroid
Solar System

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