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Helium Overview

My element is Helium. it has a symbol of He. The reason Helium is named helium is from the Greek God of the Sun, Helios. This is due to the fact that Helium was first seen on the sun

Discovery of Helium

Helium was discovered in 1895 by Sir William Ramsay in London. He was experimenting with a mineral named Clevite that contains Uranium. This mineral was exposed to acids, and the gasses were examined and found to be helium. Coincidently, it was found in the same year independently in Sweden, by Per Teodor Cleve and Nils Abraham Langlet

Element Stats

Helium has an atomic number of 2, with 2 protons, electrons and neutrons. It has an atomic mass of 4.002602

Natural sources

Helium is usually found in natural gas.


Helium can be found in many unusual places around the world. It is used to cool magnets in MRI machines. It is also used at CERN in Switzerland. And of course, there is Helium in baloons.

Fact: 24% of the world is Helium.


Theodore Gray’s: The Elements

J. Emsley (2001). Nature's Building Blocks: An A–Z Guide to the Elements.

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