1 metre

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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


1 metre is:

Human-defined scales and structures[edit]

  • 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)




Distances longer than 10 m