Our last article on hydrogen facts was not sufficient, was it? We know! That’s why we are back with another list of fun hydrogen facts. In this article we will not annoy you with stuff like atomic number and atomic mass. Instead, we will look at some cool and fun facts that you will enjoy reading. So, if you are interested in chemistry and you love to learn about elements, roll down your socks, sit back and enjoy this list.
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2. In its liquid phase, hydrogen has lowest density of any liquid present on this planet.
3. In its solid phase (also known as crystalline hydrogen or metallic hydrogen), hydrogen has the lowest density among all crystalline solids that are present on earth.
5. If there is any antimatter that has been successfully produced, then it is antihydrogen. CERN synthesized antihydrogen and this antimatter can last for about 17 minutes. To be precise, it lasts for 1000 seconds.
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6. One antihydrogen atom contains one antiproton (which is nothing but negatively charged version of proton) and one positron (which is nothing but positively charged version of electron). In reality, proton is always positively charged and electron is always negatively charged.
7. Schrödinger equation’s exact solution can be achieved only and only for hydrogen atom.
8. Hydrogen is capable of producing both negative ions and positive ions. In fact, it does so with far more ease compared to any other element present on this planet.
9. If hydrogen was not there, life on earth could not exist. Life on this planet requires solar energy to exist. This energy is produced by our Sun by burning hydrogen and converting it to helium.
10. When hydrogen reacts with fluorine, chlorine and oxygen, the reaction is explosive by nature.
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11. National Balloon Museum says that the first gas balloon flight that was launched used hydrogen as the gas. That historic year was 1783 and the event happened in Paris.
12. These gas balloon flights ended in 1937 after the Hindenburg disaster. That flight caught fire and was completely destroyed while in midair. 36 people lost their lives in the accident. The whole incident was actually filmed. (Not particularly a fun fact)
13. Today, liquid hydrogen is widely used. For example, NASA uses liquid nitrogen as fuel. It is also used chemical and petroleum industries. Liquid hydrogen is often used as coolant.
14. Hydrogen is extremely flammable. So, keeping fire away from hydrogen is always advisable. Also, inhaling only hydrogen will cause asphyxiation. Don’t do that!
15. The two isotopes of hydrogen – deuterium and tritium are used for making thermonuclear bombs. Those bombs are known as hydrogen bombs or fusion bombs and are extremely devastating. (This too is not a fun fact)