What does it look, feel, taste, or smell like?Edit
Neon is a colorless, odorless gas at room temperature.
How was it discovered?Edit
It was discovered by Scottish chemist William Ramsay and English chemist Morris Travers in 1898 in London, England.
Where did its name come from?Edit
Neon gets its name from Greek neos, meaning "new".
Where is it found?Edit
Neon is a gas that is common in the universe but rare on Earth itself. Neon can be found in the earth's atmosphere, in small amounts. It is the fourth most common element in the atmosphere behind nitrogen, oxygen and argon. Because it is a noble, inert gas, it forms no compounds.
What are its uses?Edit
Neon is used in lighting and some lasers. Below is an example of the characteristic reddish-orange glow emitted by Neon plasma.
Is it dangerous?Edit
No. Neon is an inert gas. It is odorless, and has no effects. Neon lights do get hot, though, so you can burn yourself by touching them. Also, breathing in pure neon gas can cause suffocation because it contains no oxygen, which is what your cells need to produce energy.