How Big is Asteroid 1998 QE2?

Article written: 31 May , 2013
Updated: 30 Dec , 2015

Since Asteroid 1998 QE2 has a name which evokes cruise ships, astrophysicist Rhys Taylor has created this wonderful video comparing the two QE2s. He also has more information on his great blog, Physicists of the Caribbean.

Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today’s Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT’s Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is the author of the new book “Incredible Stories from Space: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Missions Changing Our View of the Cosmos.” She is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.


4 Responses

  1. Major Suave says

    While QE2 is a ship indeed. It is also the Queen of England. I wonder how many Queens it would take to circle it? or equal its mass?

    • Rhys Taylor says

      I liked this idea so much I updated the blog post to answer your question.

      • Major Suave says

        Well! thank you corporal!

        I`ll be on the lookout for techniques to clone our head of state.

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    Aqua4U says

    I like the question: “What if we converted 1998QE2 into the size of the Queen Elizabeth II?”….. How many would that be = 300,000! Think about this.. It’s ridiculous to assume we could/would ever convert QE2 into a buncha cruise ships.. How silly is THAT? BUT, (The obvious question) if we turned QE2 into a space fairing vessel… how many people would that hold? And where might we go and what might we do with that?

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