Discovery of Element
Sir William Ramsay and Morris M. Travers discovered neon shortly after discovering krypton in 1898. Sir William was a Scottish chemist and Morris was a English chemist. It was discovered by liquefying air. It's name comes from the Greek word for new, neos.
Neon in Nature
Neon has three stable isotopes, Neon-20, Neon-21, Neon-22.
Neon-20 is the most abundant with a natural abundance of 90.48%.
Neon-22 is the second abundant with a natural abundance of 9.25%
Neon-21 is the least most abundant with a natural abundance of 0.27%.
How to get neon?
If you are too lazy to do that, neon is also commercially available.
1. Fraction distillation is based on the idea that each gas has a different boiling point. Fraction distillation uses this idea by heating the liquefied air which pulls different gases out by their boiling temperature. This process is also used in refining oil.
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