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1 Metre

A clickable mosaic of objects
at scales within direct human experience, from the micrometric (106 m, top left) to the multi-kilometric (105 m, bottom right).
Leonardo da Vinci drew the Vitruvian Man within a square of side 1.83 metres and a circle about 1.2 metres in radius

To help compare different orders of magnitude this page lists lengths between one metre and ten metres. Light travels 1 metre in 1/299,792,458 of a second.

Distances shorter than 1 m

Conversions

1 metre is:

Human-defined scales and structures

  • approximate height of the top part of a doorknob on a door
  • 1.435 m — Standard gauge of railway track used by about 60% of railways in the world = 4' 8½"
  • 2.77–3.44 m — wavelength of the broadcast radio FM band 87–108 MHz
  • 3.05 m — The length of an old Mini
  • 8.38 m — The length of a London Bus (Routemaster)

Sports

Nature

  • 1 m — height of Homo floresiensis (the "Hobbit")
  • 1.15 m — a pizote (mammal)
  • 1.37 m — average height of an Andamanese person
  • 1.63 m — (5 feet 4 inches) (or 64 inches) - height of average US female human as of 2002 (source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)).
  • 1.75 m — (5 feet 8 inches) - height of average US male human as of 2002 (source: US CDC as per female above)
  • 2.72 m — (8 feet 11 inches) - tallest known human being (Robert Wadlow)[4]
  • 3.63 m — the record wingspan for living birds (a wandering albatross)
  • 5.20 m — height of a giraffe[5]
  • 5.5 m — height of a Baluchitherium, the largest land mammal ever lived
  • 7 m — wingspan of Argentavis, the largest flying bird known
  • 7.50 m — approximate length of the human gastrointestinal tract

Astronomical

Distances longer than 10 m

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