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21 Fascinating Images of Everyday Objects Under a Microscope

Even the simplest objects can be incredibly complex.

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We all most likely come into contact with these basic objects every day, but most of us have probably never seen them up close and personal. Under a microscope, even the plainest items prove to be unbelievably complicated. You have never seen these everyday objects quite like this before. See if you can identify everyday objects by these close up pictures.

SEM Micrograph of a glands on rose petalCultura RF/Gregory S. Paulson/Getty Images

Rose Petal

Can you believe these tiny glands make such a beautiful flower? On the other end of the spectrum, see what famous landmarks look like zoomed out.

Margarita salt, SEMSheri Neva/Getty Images

Margarita salt

These minuscule pieces of salt look like massive boulders up close. Pay attention to those tiny crystals on the rim of your next margarita. See these other facts about salt that you never knew.

SEM Micrograph of a butterfly scalesCultura RF/Gregory S. Paulson/Getty Images

Butterfly scales

These scales appear almost like feathers, or maybe even a woven basket. Think about the fragility of a butterfly’s wing and imagine this interlaced texture. Looks fake, right? Check out these other photos of nature that look fake but aren’t.

Coloured SEM of pencilGregory S. Paulson/Getty Images

Pencil tip

This intricate tip bleeds graphite onto paper for us to see. Can you look closely and tell what’s wrong with these pictures? 

Human hair, close-upScience Photo Library - STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/Getty Images

Human hair

Our fine hairs look like tree trunks when zoomed in. You probably never got to look at your own hair under a microscope in school, just like you probably never learned these fun science facts.

Cashmere wool fibres, SEMSTEVE GSCHMEISSNER/Getty Images


Nothing like feeling the softness of cashmere on a chilly day. These fibers look similar to human hair close up. Take a look at these tips to spot a well-made piece of clothing.

Tomato leaf surface, SEMSTEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SPL/Getty Images

Tomato leaf

The leaf that is normally discarded when slicing a tomato is actually composed of a stunning and elaborate design. It seems like a mystery—see these other science mysteries no one has figured out.

Extreme magnification - Ball pen tip with inkConstantinCornel/Getty Images

Ball point pen tip

The ink almost looks like a gentle watercolor painting, but if you’ve ever had a pen explode on you, you know that the ink is incredibly dense. Speaking of watercolor, take a look at these hidden messages in world-famous paintings.

Pickled cucumber under the microscopeMaor Winetrob/Getty Images

Pickled cucumber

This one truly just looks like a pickle. Making your own pickles? Find out the mistakes everyone makes when making pickles.

Dust Bunny under the microscopedwaugh/Getty Images

Dust bunny

Those pesky dust bunnies that we are quick to sweep up and throw away are truly beautiful like a modern art painting you may see on someone’s living room wall. They almost look like an optical illusion. Don’t miss these other optical illusions that will make your brain hurt.

Torn paper, microscope viewNosyrevy/Getty Images

Torn paper

This is what gives you that annoying papercut.

Brown sugar on black background microscopic image, dark field technique, magnification x 40dzika_mrowka/Getty Images

Brown sugar

Brown sugar appears similar to the photo of salt close up, except for the brownish tint of the cubes.

Coloured SEM of watch partGregory S. Paulson/Getty Images

Watch part

This tiny screw that is always a challenge to grab with fingers looks like a gear straight out of a large factory. It’s unbelievable how something so tiny can be so complicated. See these baffling unsolved mysteries of the universe.

Coloured SEM of toothbrush bristlesGregory S. Paulson/Getty Images

Toothbrush bristles

The tiny bristles of a toothbrush look pretty tall and mighty here.

Coloured SEM of needle and threadGregory S. Paulson/Getty Images

Needle and thread

It looks so easy to slip the thread through the hole in the needle up close, but anyone who has tried sewing knows that it’s the most challenging task.

Coloured SEM of dental flossGregory S. Paulson/Getty Images

Dental floss

Dental floss up close looks surprisingly flat for something so fine. Check out these optical illusions that aren’t at all what they seem.

Coloured SEM of computer chipGregory S. Paulson/Getty Images

Computer chip

This gadget looks as expected, but it still serves as a reminder of how many moving parts there are when it comes to technology.

Coloured SEM of jewellery chainGregory S. Paulson/Getty Images

Jewelry chain

This perfectly linked chain makes for a stylish accessory.

Coloured SEM of grooves on vinyl recordGregory S. Paulson/Getty Images

Grooves on a vinyl record

It’s amazing to think that something so simple can make music.

Coloured SEM of fish scaleGregory S. Paulson/Getty Images

Fish scale

Fish scales look like human fingerprints up close. It’s hard to explain just like these other ocean mysteries.

Close up of a carrot under the microscopeLouise Docker Sydney Australia/Getty Images


These hard and crunchy snacks that seem as if they could break your teeth are made up of tiny bubbles and grooves. Next, zoom out instead of zooming in. See these fascinating things captured by Google Earth.