The diagram of an atom is among the most familiar symbols of science there is. (You'll even find it featured prominently in our app.) Unfortunately, it's not actually what atoms look like, and we've known that for nearly a century.
How The Diagram Came To Be
What's Really Going On?
This Is Not What an Atom Looks Like
SciShow uses the planetary model in its intro, but also explains why it's wrong.
Written by Ashley Hamer December 26, 2017
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