Scale: Powers of Ten

Collated by Paul Bourke


Distance in meters
Powers of ten
Name Example
10-18 attometer
10-17
10-16
10-15 femtometer Quarks
10-14 Nucleus of a carbon atom
10-13
10-12 picometer
10-11
10-10 1 Angstrom Atom
10-9 nanometer Width of DNA chain
10-8 Wavelength of X-rays
10-7 Size of a virus
Wavelength of visible light
10-6 micrometer
10-5 Size of a red blood cell
10-4 Thickness of a human hair
10-3 millimeter Diameter of a grain of sand
10-2 centimeter
10-1 decimeter
100 meter Height of a human
101
102 Distance sound travels in 1 second in air on Earth
103 kilometer
104
105
106 1000 kilometers Melbourne to Syndey
107 Diameter of the Earth
108 Distance light travels in 1 second in a vacuum
109 Distance of the moon from Earth
1010 Distance the Earth travels in 4 days
1011 Distance from Sun to Earth
1012
1013 Size of the solar system
1014
1015
1016 Distance light travels in a year
Distance to nearest star, Centauri
1017
1018
1019
1020
1021 Diameter of our galaxy (Milky Way)
1022 Distance to Andromeda galaxy
1023
1024
1025
1026
1027
1028
1029
1030