Pictures of the Hydrogen Atom

OK, let me set things straight right off the bat.  I LOVE science.  If there is a good juicy science program on TV, I’m going to watch it.  But, if I have one criticism of science as a whole, it would be it’s tendency to take a solid theory, and treat it as a fact.  Now that I have a blog site, I will devote a small portion of it, to my quest to get my “science imponderables” out there to the world.

Today we start with the hydrogren atom.  Hydrogen is an invisible gas.  So, I ask today’s simple question. 

How can they show us what a hydrogen atom looks like, if it’s INVISIBLE?! 

Even if they magnify it 2 million times, it’s still magnifying INVISIBLE!!  I’m not saying there isn’t some simple explanation for this, and some brilliant person may think this is a silly question, but, my point is… we need to be asking these questions.  CHALLENGE THE POWER PEOPLE!!  FIGHT THE SYSTEM!!  TUNE IN.. TURN ON…DROP OUT!!  … oooops… I got off track.

I have other questions I will be asking in the future.  Some better, some worse than this one.  Tune in for more!



~ by stewman1 on December 15, 2007.

4 Responses to “Pictures of the Hydrogen Atom”

  1. Maybe squirrels can see atoms. Or those night glasses used on Big Brother when it’s dark.

    I’ve never seen an atom.

    YOU ARE BLOGGING. Where’s my Britney pictures?

  2. I see what you’re saying here. But, I think I might be able to help with this “question.”

    Hydrogen isn’t actually “invisible.” Just like any other gas. The molecules are simply so small that you cannot see them. It’s like when water evaporates. You can see liquid water. You can see ice when water is frozen. When it evaporates, the molecules are no longer densely compacted. When they’re no longer close together, what is present are individual molecules. You can’t see them. You can see their effect when light reflects off them (that’s what a rainbow is).

    Think of it this way. You can read a newspaper when it’s right in front of you. But, when it’s far away… say 10 miles away, you can’t even see it, let alone make out the headlines. That doesn’t mean it isn’t there… or that it’s “invisible.” If you had a microscope that was strong enough, you could see the hydrogen molecule. Just as if you had a telescope strong enough, you could read that newspaper that’s 10 miles away.

  3. Well that’s a fine question. Keep ’em coming!!

  4. When I was in the 7th grade I proclaimed to my science teacher than I “didn’t believe in atoms” because I couldn’t see them! True story.

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