Empty Space

Empty Place, By Brian37 (AKA Brian James Rational Poet on FB/META and @Brianrrs37 on Twitter)

It was a conversation
Not a NASCAR race
Danica talked to Neil
About the in between space

The area of nothingness
Between the nucleus
And the electrons
The baseball diamond

One could imagine
A pea on the infield
Between the pitchers mound
And third base

Particles pass through
Everything every day
Ernst Rutherford
Shocked to his dismay

He took gold foil
And bombarded it
With particles to see
How many would stick

How many would stay
Most went through
He had to conclude
That things are not as solid

As we like to think
Now ponder this
Amazing fact
If of our body atoms

All gaps did lack
And all that was left
Was just the matter
No empty space

For anything to pass
If you took all humans
Today, and shrunk them down
With out the gaps

It may shock you
To know this
We’d all fit into
The size of a peach.

I was just watching a video of former NASCAR driver Danica Patrick interviewing Neil deGrasse Tyson on general science matters. I was already freaked out long ago, before watching this, that a particle called “neutrino” is so small it can pass through an entire planet without hitting anything. And neutrinos are passing through your body right now as you read this. That was already pleasantly blowing my mind.

But then he tells about this physicist Ernest Rutherford who conducted an experiment where he bombarded a extremely thin slice of gold foil to see how many particles would stick and how many would pass through. To his shock it turned out that most of the particles were passing through.

So that made the scientific community aware that even within our own bodies most of the space between our atoms, and between our electrons and nuclei is empty. So if you eliminated all the gaps, and just left matter, in all the atoms of all the humans you could shrink our entire population down to the size of an peach. LET THAT SINK IN!

Here is the link to that Ernest Rutherford experiment.


And here is a link to the YouTube video.


I think he said apple but still, the point is there is still far more empty in our bodies, and even in the universe than there is matter.

2 responses to “Empty Space”

    • I love Neil deGrasse Tyson. He hosted the new Cosmos series in 2014. Carol Sagan hosted the original Series on PBS back in the 80s.

      If you have ever seen the Titanic movie with Leonardo DiCaprio, Neil, being an astrophysicist, know that Neil had a hand in getting the VHS and DVD printers to fix one spot in the movie.

      There is a scene where there is a shot of the clear nighttime sky. Neil pointed out to someone that the stars patterns were wrong for that time of the year in that part of the north Atlantic.

      Neil hosts a show called “Star Talk” on YouTube, and he has even done a cameo on the American sitcom “The Big Bang Theory”.

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