I just learned that each block is one meter in Minecraft, and that Steve is about 2 meters tall. Normally, an adult would be about 2 meters, and a kid, less. I wonder how many meters the real world is? How big is the Minecraft universe compared to real life?

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    I'm voting to reopen. We deal with lots of questions that don't have any "bearing" on gameplay. They are common and pervasive throughout the site and have been determined to be on topic several times. Feb 19, 2016 at 4:52
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    @Frank Except they do. We have this exact question for several different games now. And, again, have determined before that they are on topic. A few times now. Feb 19, 2016 at 5:03
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    @Frank There are also ones for Skyrim and KSP. And those are just the ones that were easy to find in my quick search. And of course it's curiosity, it's a question. But even if you take "curiosity" as a bad thing, some of our highest rated questions probably fall under that broad categorization. In fact, the Skyrim map question is on page 4 of our highest voted questions. Also, "they're curious" is not a valid close reason. Feb 19, 2016 at 13:32
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    Usefulness is not a determiner of what makes something on or off topic. That's what votes are for. Feb 19, 2016 at 16:37
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    The example you give is a developer intent question. That's why it's off topic. Feb 19, 2016 at 17:15

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A single solid block in Minecraft is 1m on a side. In modern Minecraft, the practical boundary is the World Border, which encompasses an area of 60 million blocks, going from -30,000,000 to + 30,000,000, and centred on 0, 0. So end to end, the Minecraft world is 60,000 km across.

To put that in perspective, the distance from the Earth to the Sun is 150 million km.

The area of the Minecraft world is 3600 million square kilometers. The area of the Earth's surface is 510 million square kilometers. So the traversable Minecraft world surface is about 7 times the surface area of the Earth.


The world of Minecraft is infinite. There is no way to measure the scaling to our world. Each block in Minecraft is roughly a 3'x3'x3', or 1 yard per side. This would make most things in Minecraft over-sized, or under-sized scaling to the real world. Therefore everything is "un-measurable" to us. In short: The world of Minecraft is ∞x our world. I hope this helps you :)

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    -1: This is not correct at all. i) The Minecraft world is not infinite. ii) Where do you get 1 yard from? Feb 22, 2016 at 3:55
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    @ire_and_curses - while the official measurement used by Mohjang is in meters, there are a lot of tutorials that consider blocks as 1 yard high for those more used to working in Imperial notation. It's even mentioned on the Minecraft Wiki
    – Robotnik
    Mar 2, 2016 at 6:25
  • Yeah, given the other distortions involved, 10% really isn't significant. Sep 22, 2023 at 18:36

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