Orders of magnitude (area)

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An area of one square kilometre consists of 100 hectares each containing 10000 square metres.

This page is a progressive and labeled list of the SI area orders of magnitude, with certain examples appended to some list objects.

List of orders of magnitude for area
Factor (m2) Multiple Value Item
10−70   2.6×10−70 m2 Planck area, \frac{G \hbar}{c^3}1
10−52   10−52 m2 1 shed2
...
10−30 1 square femtometre (fm2)    
10−28   10−28 m2 1 barn, roughly the cross-sectional area of an uranium nucleus3
10−24 1 square picometre (pm2)    
10−20 1 square angstrom2)    
10−19 5×10−19 m2 Area of a lipid bilayer, per molecule4
7.5-26×10−19 m2 Surface area of the 20 standard amino acids5
10−18 1 square nanometre (nm2)    
10−16 1×10−16 m2 Globular proteins: solvent-accessible surface area of a typical globular protein, having a typical molecular mass of ~35000 u (quite variable)6
10−14 1.7×10−14 m2 Cross-sectional area of a nuclear pore complex in vertebrates7
10−12 1 square micrometre (μm2) 6×10−12 m2 Surface area of an E. coli bacterium8
10−10   1×10−10 m2 Surface area of a red blood cell9
10−9   6-110×10−9 m2 Range of common LCD screen pixel sizes10
  7×10−9 m2 Area of a dot printed using 300 dots per inch resolution11
  8×10−9 m2 Cross-sectional area of a straight human hair that is 100 um12 in diameter13
List of orders of magnitude for areas 10−8 to 10−1 square metres
Factor (m2) Multiple Value Item
10−8   5.5×10−8 m2 Size of a pixel on a typical modern computer display
10−7   2-4×10−7 m2 Cross-sectional area of a mechanical pencil lead (0.5-0.7 mm in diameter)14
10−6 1 square millimetre (mm2) 1–2 mm2 Area of a human fovea15
2 mm2 Area of the head of a pin
10−5   30–50 mm2 Area of a 6–8 mm hole punched in a piece of paper by a hole punch16
10−4 1 square centimetre (cm2) 2.9 cm2 Area of one side of a U.S. penny1718
5 cm2 Area of a typical postage stamp
10−3   11 cm2 Area of a human retina19
46 cm2 Area of the face of a credit card20
48 cm2 Largest side of a cigarette box
10−2 1 square decimetre (dm2) 0.01 m2 Index card (3 × 5 inches)21
0.060 m2 American letter paper (11 × 8.5 inches, "A" size)
0.0625 m2 International A4 paper (210 × 297 mm)
0.093 m2 1 square foot22
10−1   0.125 m2 International A3 paper (297 × 420 mm)
0.18 m2 Surface area of a basketball (diameter 24 cm)2324
0.250 m2 International A2 paper (420 × 594 mm)
0.500 m2 International A1 paper (594 × 841 mm)
List of orders of magnitude for areas 100 to 107 square metres.
Factor (m2) Multiple Value Item
100 1 square metre 1 m2 International A0 paper (841 × 1189 mm)
1.73 m2 A number commonly used as the average body surface area of a human25
2–4 m2 Area of the top of an office desk
101   10–20 m2 A parking space
70 m2 Approximate surface area of a human lung26
102 1 square decametre (dam2) 100 m2 One are (a)
162 m2 Size of a volleyball court (18 × 9 metres)27
202 m2 Floor area of a median suburban three-bedroom house in the US in 2010: 2,169 sq ft (201.5 m2)28
261 m2 Size of a tennis court29
103   1,250 m2 Surface area of the water in an Olympic-size swimming pool30
4,047 m2 1 acre31
5,400 m2 Size of an American football field3233
7,140 m2 Size of a typical football (soccer) field3435
104 1 square hectometre (hm2) 10,000 m2 1 hectare (ha)36
17,000 m2 Approximate area of a cricket field (theoretical limits: 6,402 m2 to 21,273 m2)37
22,074 m2 Area of a Manhattan city block
53,000 m2 Base of the Great Pyramid of Giza3839
105   190,000 m2 Irish National Botanic Gardenscitation needed
440,000 m2 Vatican City40
600,000 m2 Total floor area of the Pentagon41
106 1 square kilometre (km2) 2 km2 Monaco (country ranked 192nd by area)42
2.59 km2 1 square mile43
2.9 km2 City of London (not all of modern London)44
107   59.5 km2 Manhattan Island (land area)45
61 km2 San Marino46
List of orders of magnitude for areas 108 to 1014 square metres.
Factor (m2) Multiple Value Item
108   105 km2 Paris (inner city only)47
~120 km2 Walt Disney World48
272 km2 Taipei City49
630 km2 Toronto50
109   1100 km2 Hong Kong51
1290 km2 Los Angeles, California, USA (city)52
1800 km2 Surface area of a typical neutron starcitation needed
1962 km2 Jacksonville, Florida; largest city in the Continental UScitation needed
2188 km2 Tokyo53
5700 km2 Balicitation needed
8028 km2 Community of Madrid, Spaincitation needed
1010   11,000 km2 Jamaica54
68,870 km2 Lake Victoria55
84,000 km2 Austria56
1011   100,000 km2 South Korea57
167,996 km2 Jiuquan in China
300,000 km2 Italy58
357,000 km2 Germany59
377,900 km2 Japan60
510,000 km2 Spain61
780,000 km2 Turkey62
1012 1 square megametre (Mm2) 1.0 Mm2 Egypt (country ranked 29th by area)63
3.10 Mm2 Sakha (Yakutia) Republic in Russia (largest subnational governing body)citation needed
7.74 Mm2 Australia (country ranked 6th by area)64
9 Mm2 Largest extent of the Roman Empirecitation needed
1013   10 Mm2 Canada (including water)65
14 Mm2 Antarctica66
14 Mm2 Arable land worldwide67
17 Mm2 Russia (country ranked 1st by area)68
30 Mm2 Africa69
36 Mm2 Largest extent of the British Empirecitation needed
38 Mm2 Surface area of the Moon70
77 Mm2 Atlantic Ocean71
1014   144 Mm2 Surface area of Mars72
150 Mm2 Land area of Earth73
156 Mm2 Pacific Ocean74
360 Mm2 Water area of Earth73
510 Mm2 Total surface area of Earth73
List of orders of magnitude for areas 1015 to 1026 square metres.
Factor (m2) Multiple Value Item
1015   1x1015 m2 Surface area of the white dwarf, Van Maanen's star
7.6x1015 m2 Neptune75
1016   4.3x1016 m2 Saturn76
6.1x1016 m2 Jupiter,77 the "surface" area of the spheroid (calculated from the mean radius as reported by NASA). The cross-sectional area of Jupiter, which is the same as the "circle" of Jupiter seen by an approaching spacecraft, is exactly four times smaller than the surface-area of the overall sphere, which in the case of Jupiter is approximately 1.535e+16 square meters.
1017   2-6x1017 m2 Surface area of the Brown Dwarf star CT Chamaeleontis.
4.6×1017 m2 Area swept by the Moon's orbit of Earth
1018 1 square gigametre (Gm2) 6.1×1018 m2 Surface area of the Sun78
1019   3.0x1019 m2 Surface area of the star Vega
1020      
1022   1.1×1022 m2 Area swept by Mercury's orbit around the Sun
3.7×1022 m2 Area swept by Venus' orbit around the Sun
7.1×1022 m2 Area swept by Earth's orbit around the Sun
1023   1.6×1023 m2 Area swept by Mars' orbit around the Sun
2.81×1023 m2 Surface area of a Dyson sphere with a radius of 1 AU
1024 1 square terametre (Tm2) 1.9×1024 m2 Area swept by Jupiter's orbit around the Sun
6.4×1024 m2 Area swept by Saturn's orbit around the Sun
8.5×1024 m2 Surface area of the red supergiant star Betelgeuse
1025   2.4×1025 m2 Surface area of the largest known star, the Hypergiant VY Canis Majoris
2.6×1025 m2 Area swept by Uranus' orbit around the Sun
6.4×1025 m2 Area swept by Neptune's orbit around the Sun
1026   1.1×1026 m2 Area swept by Pluto's orbit around the Sun
List of orders of magnitude for areas 1027 square metres and larger.
Factor (m2) Value Item
...
1032 2×1032 m2 Roughly the surface area of an Oort Cloud
3×1032 m2 Roughly the surface area of a Bok globule
...
1034 3×1034 m2 Roughly the surface area of The Bubble
...
1041 7×1041 m2 Roughly the area of Milky Way's galactic disk

References

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