We all know that Titanic was huge, and the Mir Mine in Russian goes miles in a long way down, but it’s hard to comprehend the true scale of these magnificent objects when you’ve never actually seen them… and probably never will. Have you ever thought that the world’s largest oil tanker is easily as big as the biggest lake in the New York’s Central Park? Or that the Death Star from your beloved movie is almost the size of Florida? No? Me neither! Until I came across this amazing series of photos created by a college student named Kevin Wisbith. It’s called “A Quick Perspective” and it gives us a chance to see the world’s biggest objects reduced to a scale we can all comprehend.
1. Mir Mine
The Mir Mine, located in Eastern Siberia, Russia, is inactive open pit diamond mine. It’s official depth is 1,722 feet deep which makes it the deepest mine in the world. To show its magnificent size, Wisbith has placed the 2nd tallest building in the United States, the Willis Tower which is 1,729 feet tall into the mine. The tip of the tower sticks out only 7 feet above the ground. If you’ve seen the Willis Tower, you can imagine what it’d be like standing at bottom level of the mine.
Back then, in 1911, it was the largest ship ever built with a total length of 882 feet and 9 inches. Since then, the shipbuilding industry has gone through some major changes and produces ships that are twice, or even three times bigger than the notorious Titanic. For instance, the United States aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan is 1,092 feet long which makes it the largest warship ever built.
3. Death Star
Even though the Death Star is a fictional mobile space station with the ability to destroy an entire planet, it’s still, without a doubt, one of the biggest and deadliest machines ever created. The estimated width of the Death Star is around 99 miles across, which makes it around 1/4th the length of Florida. Pretty impressive, huh?
4. 2.6 Trillion Dollar Rock
The Dionysus is the largest asteroid orbiting between Earth and the Apollo asteroid belt. It’s estimated size is 4921.26 feet. And I believe it’s pretty hard to imagine how large it actually is since none of us, lesser mortals, has ever been to space. But, if you place it above the Golden Gate Bridge, it wouldn’t even surpass the bridge span.
5. Pulmonoscorpius Kirktonensis Or (Breathing Scorpion)
These giant scorpions, just like any other bug in the prehistoric period, could grew up to enormous sizes due to the higher oxygen level. This particular species grew to 24 inches long, which the size of a regular domestic cat. If I saw one of these monsters outside, I would be petrified, that’s for sure.
6. The World’s Largest Oil Tanker
The Seawise Giant, 1,504 feet long, was the largest oil tanker ever produced. Now if you place it in the main lake in New York’s Central Park, there would be only 350 feet of free space left on the front and back.
7. M-1 Rocket Motor
If you’ve ever wondered how large the space rocket could be, this comparison might give you a subtle idea. The M-1 motor was designed back in the 50s and its diameter was 14 feet, wide enough to fully cover a Smart Car. Now imagine that the motor is easily the smallest part of the space rocket. It actually has 5 of them. Wicked, right?
8. Burj Khalifa
The famous megatall skyscraper in Dubai, Burj Khalifa, is 2,722 feet tall which makes it the world’s tallest standing structure. If you don’t have a chance to go to Dubai to see this magnificent structure in the “flesh”, imagine it being placed in New York. Now let’s do some math: the Empire State Building is the highest building in New York and it’s only 1,250 feet long. According to my calculations, Burj Khalifa is twice as tall as the New York’s most visited skyscraper.
No need to mention that the B-2 Bomber is the most advanced and expensive military airplane known to man these days. What you might not know is the sizes of this magnificent metal beast. The wingspan of this monster is 172 feet long which makes it 12 feet wider than an NFL football field.
10. The World’s Largest Radio Telescope
We’ll never get tired of searching for extraterrestrial life, just like we’ll never get tired of building bigger, more powerful telescopes. The largest telescope was constructed in China and is 1,600 feet in diameter. And if it was placed in downtown Las Vegas, well, just look at the picture below…It would basically cover the half of it.