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Although atoms are too small to be seen, physicists, through experimentation and indirect observation have developed a good understanding of their structure. Unlike some early models of the atom, the current atomic model is loosely constructed. Surrounding a very small and dense nucleus of protons and neutrons is a "cloud" of electrons with orbits as large as 100,000 times the diameter of the atom's nucleus.
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the atom in my example is a marble
thankyou bored chemist and madidus scientia for your replies and i have a better understanding now.i was thinking that atoms were spherical and electron orbits defined the spherical shape.cheersneil
As a simpleton compared to yourselves. Surely if we believe you can compress massive sun's into Neutron Stars, then we are squashing the particles closer and closer together. This can only be done on the premise that there is 'SPACE', VOID or whatever you call it to take up the compression. Especially of you go down to quark stars.