Neon Facts for Kids

Neon Periodic Table
  • Name: Neon
  • Symbol: Ne
  • Atomic Number: 10
  • Atomic Weight: 20.179 u
  • Period: 2
  • Group: 18

22 Neon Facts for Kids

  1. Neon is a chemical element on the periodic table.
  2. Neon was first isolated and discovered in 1898 by two British chemists, William Ramsay and Morris.
  3. Neon is a colorless and odorless gas.
  4. Neon is a gas at room temperature.
  5. The symbol, for neon is Ne.
  6. The atomic number for neon is 10.
  7. The standard atomic weight for neon is 20.179 u.
  8. Neon is in the noble gas element category on the periodic table.
  9. Neon is a period 2 chemical element, which is the second row on the periodic table.
  10. Neon is a group 18 chemical element, which is the noble gases group.
  11. Neon has three stable isotopes and they are 20Ne, 21Ne and 22Ne.
  12. The melting point for neon is -415.46 °F (248.59 °C).
  13. The boiling point for neon is -410.883 °F (246.046 °C).
  14. Neon is the 5th most abundant element found in the universe.
  15. There are only trace amounts of neon in the Earth’s atmosphere.
  16. Neon is about two-thirds denser than air.
  17. Neon is one of the lightest noble gases, only helium is lighter.
  18. Neon signs are made with neon gas and produce a bright reddish-orange light.
  19. The first verified public display of a neon sign was in 1910 by Georges Claude.
  20. Some signs that are called neon signs with other bright colors are made with other noble gases, not neon.
  21. Neon can be liquefied and used as a cryogenic refrigerant.
  22. Due to its rarity on Earth, neon is an expensive gas and can cost up to 55 times more than helium.

Additional Resources on Neon

  • Neon – RSC – Read more about neon on the Royal Society of Chemistry website.
  • Neon – Jlabs – Learn more about the neon chemical element on the Thomas Jefferson Labs website.
  • Neon – Chemicool – Find more fun neon facts on the Chemicool website.
  • Neon – Wikipedia – Discover some cool facts about Neon on the Wikipedia website.