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X is for Xenon

So why xenon? Well everyone else is going to do X men or Xavier from X-men or something like that and let’s be honest people there are no good X words in star wars except the X wing which I am sure someone else will do. So this is my attempt at being original! I have always liked the element it was one of the ones on the periodic table in high school I could remember. However, after thinking about it I did some research and look at what I learned.
This plasma globe is one of the toys I used to play with when I was young. Apparently they use Xenon from time to time as the element inside the plasma globe to make the cool purple energy waves.
It is commonly used as a propellant for ion thrusters in spacecraft which led me to think about TIE fighters which are Twin Ion Engine spacecraft…maybe they use xenon too!
Xenon was discovered in 1898 by William Ramsay and Morris Travers shortly after the discovery of Neon and Krypton which oddly enough are two other elements I could memorize in high school chemistry.
planet krypton anyone?
Jupiter has a very high abundance of the noble gas Xenon which has 54 protons in it’s nucleus! Hooray for nerdy originality I am now a fan of Xenon and watch out it is now being used for general anesthesia in the medical field!
Do you have a favorite element?