Pluto Looks Very Small When Compared to Countries on Earth

Rebecca OConnell

Australia is a fairly large country, with an area of 7,692,024 square kilometers. It's big enough to be its own continent, but is it hefty enough to be bigger than an entire planet? Data from the New Horizons mission have revised Pluto’s diameter to a measly 2370 kilometers in diameter, making it smaller than the width of the Land Down Under.

Nathan Lee helps us put this into perspective on Twitter:

Pluto's diameter is only 18.5 percent of Earth's, whereas Charon, one of its moons, has a diameter of 1208 km, which is 9.5 percent of Earth's diameter.

NASA also made an interesting scale render with Pluto and Charon hovering over North America:

[h/t: io9]