The Shadow of a Single Atom
Atoms are super small. Being as small as they are they still cast a shadow and some super smart guys figured out a way to get an image of one.
My guess? They were just bored or wanted to impress one of the ladies in their lab.
Scientists capture the shadow cast by a single atom
The researchers trapped single ytterbium ions using this technique and exposed them to a very specific frequency of laser light. Under this light, the atom’s shadow was cast onto a detector and then captured by a digital camera. This was possible because of a super high-resolution microscope, which makes the shadow dark enough to see. No other facility in the world sports a resolution high enough to allow for such an extreme feat.