How Small Is An Atom? Spoiler: Very Small.

  • Published on Jan 20, 2015
  • Atoms are very weird. Wrapping your head around exactly how weird, is close to impossible - how can you describe something that is SO removed from humans experience? But then again, they kind of make up everything, so let us try anyways.
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    How small is an atom? Spoiler: Very small
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    How Small is an Atom? Spoiler: Very small.
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    • TZO_Ghoul
      TZO_Ghoul 8 days ago

      Wait wouldn't that mean that atoms are not the smallest objects in the universe, since they are made up of quarks? If so that would mean even quarks would have to be made of something even smaller right? But if that is the case it means there would be even smaller things making up the objects that make up quarks? If that makes any sense, also meaning that there could be something in our universe that would be thousands of times smaller then atoms. Now that would be an interesting thought?

    • Aryan Das
      Aryan Das 2 months ago


    • Traps
      Traps 2 months ago

      @buddyzee is that a Minecraft TheXvidr that builds?

    • buddyzee
      buddyzee 2 months ago

      thefuk is a rice corn? it's called a grain. Unless you're talking about some weird British rice/corn hybrid

    • ShockWave
      ShockWave 2 months ago

      wow only 2 replies not including mine

  • Román A. Lobo
    Román A. Lobo 6 hours ago

    You are going too fast with your explanations & your examples are not too clear understand "how small is an atom"..
    Everybody knows that they are tiny, but we would like to see other kind of examples.. thank you anyway! I know that your intentions are good!

  • mattwm__
    mattwm__ Day ago +2

    A person studying atoms is just a bunch of atoms trying to understand themselves.

  • Joe Maalouf
    Joe Maalouf 6 days ago

    3:59 and all the atoms off one element are the same
    Isotopes: Am I a joke to you

  • C. Gonçalves
    C. Gonçalves 6 days ago

    2:04 when you ask your German girl friend to go out

  • Mustofa Abdullah
    Mustofa Abdullah 6 days ago

    2:22 easter egg found!

  • Blackdragon
    Blackdragon 8 days ago

    He forgot something. Protons neutrons electrons and morons

  • Zhiqian Du
    Zhiqian Du 9 days ago

    How Cute Is A Cat? Spoiler: Very Cute

  • Stef Stylo
    Stef Stylo 9 days ago

    Great video, but your claim that "every atom of an element is the same" is wrong because you ignore the existence of isotopes.

  • Qiræ Kwiwi ¿
    Qiræ Kwiwi ¿ 10 days ago +1

    Someone in my class collected a few orbeez in class because someone’s thing broke and he made an atom with it.

  • snas the skeltein
    snas the skeltein 10 days ago

    technacly, hydrogen has different isotopes, so not all hydrogen atoms are the same

    SIDDHARTH KABANE 10 days ago

    Can I get a video on how does an atom look like

  • Jim Keogh
    Jim Keogh 12 days ago +3

    Kurzesagt: "Every atom of an element is the same"

    Isotopes: "Am I a joke to you?"

  • Owen Bet Ngk
    Owen Bet Ngk 12 days ago

    *color and size super wrong*

  • c_men man
    c_men man 13 days ago

    holy shit

  • PenguinJP MC
    PenguinJP MC 13 days ago


  • mincegaming350&minecraft

    what is this roasting yourself thingy?

  • Lakshay Kapoor
    Lakshay Kapoor 14 days ago +1

    Hi steve

  • LoneRanger2000
    LoneRanger2000 16 days ago +1

    Amazing! Read the "Dancing Wu Li Masters" by Gary Zukav if you want to see where God comes into all this!

  • carson mayo
    carson mayo 17 days ago

    And I thought organic chemistry was hard!

  • xxx IAmNoneOfYourBusiness Xxx

    2015: no
    2016: no
    2017: no
    2018: no
    2019: *LeTs rEcOmeNd tHiS*

  • bittu Gahlot
    bittu Gahlot 18 days ago

    How was the size of the atom decided ?

  • An unfortunate hammerhead shark

    how do you make your own kurzgesagt bird

  • TheEnde124
    TheEnde124 19 days ago +2

    I have an exam in physics tomorrow, I have to admit that learning physics just raises more questions about this world and reality.

  • PandazForLyfe
    PandazForLyfe 19 days ago

    but what if im in a tiny room??

  • sas50
    sas50 21 day ago

    0:37 I am watching on my phone in backseat of car

  • Adek
    Adek 22 days ago

    okay jk, jk I still luv u, shorty ur the best

  • Kerosin
    Kerosin 24 days ago

    3:20 So I’m literally in trillions of places at once?

  • James Michael
    James Michael 25 days ago

    What editor are you using?

  • Blitz Gaming PH
    Blitz Gaming PH 26 days ago

    Adolf Hitler at 2:02


    • Blitz Gaming PH
      Blitz Gaming PH 12 days ago

      @Dragon Ritterstein No shit Sherlock. Adolf Hitler is German. What's your point? And that was supposed to be a joke. Sheesh, where's your sense of humor?

    • Dragon Ritterstein
      Dragon Ritterstein 12 days ago +1

      Nein is a German Word. It‘s not something only Adolf Hitler said.

  • Cascade
    Cascade 27 days ago

    Your video is good when I’m drunk

    It’s decent when I’m sober btw

  • //Orange Sky//
    //Orange Sky// 28 days ago

    Fucking spoiler😭😭

  • Tomas Pompolo
    Tomas Pompolo 28 days ago

    2:02 nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine

  • the White ninja
    the White ninja 28 days ago +1

    Are you antman

  • hatim bedy
    hatim bedy 28 days ago

    2:06 hitler must be here

  • Subhasis Das
    Subhasis Das 29 days ago

    Please make a video on quantum fluctuations

  • Ivett Rivera
    Ivett Rivera 29 days ago

    I watched this at 1:42 AM.......

  • némlaj karelisso
    némlaj karelisso 29 days ago

    It make question. If an electron can be anywhere in the universe at the current moment how does chemical reactions happen?

  • ᴏᴋᴀɴ
    ᴏᴋᴀɴ 29 days ago +1

    Answer: 620 picometers

  • Sultan Favian Respati
    Sultan Favian Respati 29 days ago

    sizes and color super wrong

  • Vali Alphito
    Vali Alphito Month ago

    0:03 thats what she said

  • Suhas Dara
    Suhas Dara Month ago +1

    I don't agree with "all hydrogen atoms are the same". There are different isotopes of the same atoms.

  • Dam Daniel Dam!
    Dam Daniel Dam! Month ago

    Liked the crash course easter egg

    B CREATIVE Month ago

    At 4:4 girl has a pokeball on her belt.

  • Max
    Max Month ago

    Soviet Union: *reaches Berlin*

    Hitler: 2:03

  • SIX-SH00T3R
    SIX-SH00T3R Month ago

    me: laughing because of a text like "size and colors are super wrong."
    me: missing information
    me: rewind 10 seconds

  • heavymachine gunner

    A atom is the same size as my peen

  • internet parasite
    internet parasite Month ago


  • kostaftp
    kostaftp Month ago +1

    Suck my atoms...

  • Y. Bakshi
    Y. Bakshi Month ago

    Hitler: We won’t invade Czechoslovakia
    Allies: Are you sure?
    Hitler: 2:04

  • Nidhin Vinod
    Nidhin Vinod Month ago

    Protons and neutrons bind together to make the atom core.
    This binding is one of the four fundamental forces of the universe.
    Electrons and protons are made out of quarks
    quarks and electrons are the fundamental components of the matter in the universe.
    Electrons orbit the core at a speed of 2200 kilometers per second.
    The emptiness in the item is filled with quantum fluctuations

  • Mimi Hagos
    Mimi Hagos Month ago

    Y is there a girl with a pokeball

  • Steven Hudson
    Steven Hudson Month ago +1

    Man these videos are dangerous when you're stoned

  • 5upremists
    5upremists Month ago

    *nintey nine point nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine nine percent of an atoms volume,is just empty space.
    except that it isn’t*

  • Sps
    Sps Month ago +3

    Don't believe atoms. They make everything up.

  • hijo de puta
    hijo de puta Month ago +18

    -we lost stalingrad
    -hitler: 2:03

  • Brandon Maves
    Brandon Maves Month ago

    Is it weird that I understood this 100%

  • Yuri Odelehr
    Yuri Odelehr Month ago


  • LAa p3Ace
    LAa p3Ace Month ago

    min 2:00 NEIN!NEIN!NEIN!

  • Jessica Nguyen
    Jessica Nguyen Month ago +3

    Realising that even though I've heard about the structure of an atom over and over in school, I still never really understood it

  • Silxene
    Silxene Month ago

    you cant trust atoms, they make up everything

  • Turtle Shell
    Turtle Shell Month ago

    Your pinkie, rice and more rice. Thanks! Now I understand particle physics.

  • benito mussolini
    benito mussolini Month ago


  • RollingBarrelz 14
    RollingBarrelz 14 Month ago

    Kurzgesagt Exists

    Education System: What's so special about you

    Kurz: Because before you didn't have me

    Me: I like this one.

  • Jireh Choo
    Jireh Choo Month ago +1

    2:09 that doesn't really look like 99.999999999999%

  • Quynh Bui
    Quynh Bui Month ago

    my brain is brocken!

  • Salaby294
    Salaby294 Month ago

    Nice explanantion.. then i still dont understand. i am weak

  • Rahal Pathirana
    Rahal Pathirana Month ago

    Those atoms beside each other makes me hypnotize

  • Mohid Farhan
    Mohid Farhan Month ago

    I still don't know how to pronounce this channels name

  • Milk
    Milk Month ago

    the spoiler ruined the video :(

  • sarasara khaled
    sarasara khaled Month ago

    Do you say now that all of these are randomly created ?

  • Szipozz Gaming
    Szipozz Gaming Month ago

    I was watching this on the street

  • Cheeseburger Monkey

    hey whatcha gunna do for ur 10 million sub special

  • Commentur The Great

    Oh sorry, SCHOOL told me that the electrons GO AROUND the atom in a circular motion. This is all a LIE. How can the education system possibly lie so much to young children???

  • Samyak Jain
    Samyak Jain Month ago +1

    Spoiler: Iron man dies in Marvel Avengers Endgame and Captain America lifts up Thor's hammer......
    Yeah, he is worthy enough...

  • Darren Kim
    Darren Kim Month ago

    Well, the amount of rice in your cells equals how small your brain is. JK I didn't say that my mom did. But I like your videos

  • TZ3C
    TZ3C Month ago +1

    My grades are a atom

  • WarlegganFangirl1984
    WarlegganFangirl1984 Month ago +2

    Quarks...try to imagine them as zero dimensional...
    ME: 🤯

  • Hungry Sweaty balls

    2:03 should’ve just said
    99.999 eksetra

  • señor pepper
    señor pepper 2 months ago

    oh, ich habe es. kurzgesagt means briefly said

  • señor pepper
    señor pepper 2 months ago

    kurzgesagt=kurz said

  • HungTDD
    HungTDD 2 months ago

    When your bro finds ur pen and he asks who’s it is


  • FaffyWaffles
    FaffyWaffles 2 months ago +1

    3:56 What About Isotopes?

  • Addicti0nz1
    Addicti0nz1 2 months ago

    Fukin spoilers man

  • waffle man
    waffle man 2 months ago +1

    What about isotopes

  • waffle man
    waffle man 2 months ago


  • Gewel ✔
    Gewel ✔ 2 months ago +1

    I think my room is too small and the rice id too big cause I should be able to see cells with naked eye

  • Lucky K
    Lucky K 2 months ago

    2:22 is it just me or is that a TARDIS?

  • Andrei[Sic]
    Andrei[Sic] 2 months ago

    Atoms are like my dick, small

  • pau; guillory
    pau; guillory 2 months ago

    you forgot isotopes, and ions.

  • Junn
    Junn 2 months ago

    If the universe is made of atom and I’m made of atoms am I related to the universe?

  • the middle man
    the middle man 2 months ago

    Wonder how many electrons there are in the universe

  • Dima G
    Dima G 2 months ago

    Mind = atomically blown.

  • helo void
    helo void 2 months ago

    2:06 nein nein nein!!

  • irena Aneri
    irena Aneri 2 months ago

    I’m confused why the girl had a Pokemon ball belt

  • Lê Thanh HIếu
    Lê Thanh HIếu 2 months ago

    the ultimated way to say number nine for a long way 99.999999...99%

  • Maximilian Gray
    Maximilian Gray 2 months ago

    4:05 Pokémon belt?

  • Aayush H
    Aayush H 2 months ago +1

    Wéll I never think atom can be that small

  • Nombre
    Nombre 2 months ago

    3:59 ehem...deuterium, tritium,...ehem