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What are some uses for the element neon?

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Neon is combined with helium to manufacture helium-neon lasers, and it is used to produce high voltage indicators and advertising signs. Neon can also be combined with argon to make neon lamps that are used in direct current or alternating current indicators, plasma televisions and monitors, indicator lights, numeric indicators and mechanical scan televisions.

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The element neon was discovered by English chemist Morris M. Travers and Scottish chemist Sir William Ramsey in 1898, which was not long after their discovery of krypton. Neon makes up 0.0018 percent of Earth's atmosphere, and it is the fourth most plentiful element found in the universe. It has an atomic weight of 20.1797, a density of 0.000899 grams per cubic centimeter and it is assigned the atomic number 10 on the period table of elements.

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    Why is neon important?

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    Neon is important because it is used for lighting, signs, lasers and refrigeration. Neon is the fifth-most abundant element in the universe, but is very rare on Earth. Because it is rare and completely inert, it plays no known role in natural systems or biology.

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    How is neon produced?

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    Gas suppliers produce neon, an inert elemental gas that exists in the Earth's atmosphere, as a byproduct of liquefying and separating air in a laboratory through the fractional distillation process. The purified neon is stored in metal gas cylinders, under pressure, as a liquid. Neon forms no naturally occurring compounds and, according to WebElements, 1 part in 65000 of the atmosphere is neon.

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    Where is neon found?

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    Other than its place on the periodic table of the elements with the other noble gases, the main source of neon on Earth is in the atmosphere. This element is very rare on Earth, though it is one of the four most commonly occurring elements in the universe. Earth just happens to have a very low concentration of neon relative to other parts of the universe.

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    How is neon obtained?

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    Neon is obtained when liquid air is distilled. This is the only known way to obtain neon commercially. It was discovered with other noble gases, xenon and krypton, in 1898 when two British chemists liquefied then boiled air till its gases were liberated. Neon's name is derived from Greek and means "new."

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