Digital composite showing the comparative sizes of nine asteroids.
Contributor:Stocktrek Images, Inc. / Alamy Stock Photo
File size:50.4 MB (852.6 KB Compressed download)
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Dimensions:4650 x 3789 px | 39.4 x 32.1 cm | 15.5 x 12.6 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:31 October 2011
This composite image shows the comparative sizes of nine asteroids. Up until now, Lutetia, with a diameter of 81 miles (130 kilometers), was the largest asteroid visited by a spacecraft, which occurred during a flyby. Vesta dwarfs all other small bodies in this image. Asteroid Vesta is also considered a protoplanet because it's a large body that almost became a planet and has a diameter of approximately 330 miles.