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How small would we have to be to see an atom?


atomHow small would you have to be to see an atom? Would being small help?
Roy, Hoddesden


** Definitive **
Name: Andrew, Islington
Qualification: Read physics books in bed
Answer: An atom is mostly space. It’s just a tiny nucleus, with an electron spinning around it, which makes it appear to be a bigger thing than it actually is. They are so tiny that light won’t bounce off them. So it won’t reflect into a human eye, regardless of how small you are.

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