[–] SpeshulSnowflaek 0 points 16 points (+16|-0) ago  (edited ago)

It's real, but you're not really looking at the atom in the usual sense. They are illuminating it with violet-blue light, which is the visible wavelength that couples well with that atom's size. When that happens, the atom absorbs the light and its electrons enter a higher energy state. Since that can't last, they release that energy when they fall back to their "usual" state, which is the blue light we see.

So, not quite like light reflecting off of an apple. But I guess this really is "seeing" an atom.

[–] Alopix 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 


not quite like light reflecting off of an apple


[–] SpeshulSnowflaek 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

When light reflects off an apple it interacts with the apple's surface- you've got specular reflection, scattered reflection, and absorption.

So the strontium atom isn't quite like that in this experiment. But the experiment is close enough that, by my standard at least, I'd say that the atom "has color".

[–] Plavonica 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Eh, it's about as good as we can get to actually seeing an atom. closeenough.jpg

[–] killer7 [S] 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

[–] analfaveto 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

It's fake. I can tell by the pixel.

[–] Yung_Kim 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Can we get a close up? Impossible to see anything in that pic....

[–] mralexson 3 points 1 points (+4|-3) ago 

We are god

[–] ScreaminMime 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Chess mate Religionists!!!

[–] commonsenseisded 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

We couldn't have done it without you, many thanks

[–] YoHomie 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I'd bet money that no niggers were involved with this accomplishment.

[–] para_monk 4 points 0 points (+4|-4) ago 

OP's dick under a microscope.

[–] the_sharpest_knife 3 points -2 points (+1|-3) ago 

There was no microscope involved in this pic but had op put his dick under a microscope that's how big it would appear.

[–] Feldorai 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

There is a vast enormous and giant universe inside that tiny atom!

[–] ScreaminMime 3 points -1 points (+2|-3) ago 

and in it is an identical you that is still faping to Emma Watson fakes.

[–] Koalemos_Grottesco 2 points 1 points (+3|-2) ago 

Where are the Tay tay fakes? asking the real questions

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