The normal phase of neon is a gas. Neon is a rare element that constitutes about one part out of 65,000 parts of air. The main use of neon is as a constituent of neon advertisement signs.
Neon normally has no color, but it takes on a red-orange hue when electricity passes through it, making its use popular in bright signs.
The element is part of the family of elements called the noble gases, which are so named because they normally do not react with other elements. Neon has eight electrons in its outermost energy level, which is a stable configuration that keeps the element from readily reacting with other elements.