Originally posted by patauro
I read once that if a human cell were as large as a baseball it would appear opaque and feel like a ball of snot. I was wondering what an atom would look and feel like if were the size of a baseball. Pointless question, but any idea?
More like if you were shrunk down to a size where the atom was perceived as the size of a baseball but what you would SEE if you could see it, would be a lot of nothing since beneath the electron layer there is a LOT of nothing till you get down to the nucleus which is a very compact formation deep down inside. If you could see the electrons, you would probably see a glowing cloud-like fuzzy object on the outside, the size of your baseball but if you could see under that you would find a lot of nothing. Of course if you could 'see' electroweak, strong forces and such you would see a bunch of radially centered lines coming out of the center and whipping around to each electron because the nucleus would be connected with fields of various kinds. The inner nucleus would have a different 'color', where the force there is the Strong force holding the neutrons and protons and such together, probably like a tiny vision of cotton candy with lumps inside, but the size of the whole affair would have to be a heck of a lot bigger than a baseball to see that kind of detail.