Thursday, June 22, 2006

11 Miles Wide

Here is a web page showing a scale model of a hydrogen atom. Now, hydrogen atoms are very small, and protons are much smaller, and electrons smaller yet. The proton fills the computer screen, while the electron is a single pixel in size, roughly 11 miles (!!!!!) to the right. Yep, that's how big the picture is, and your brand-new 82-inch widescreen HDTV is completely inadequate for displaying it. I wouldn't recommend printing that page.

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