Flourine and our galaxy

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Fluorine (Latin fluo, "flow ), symbol F, chemically reactive, poisonous gaseous element. Fluorine is one of the halogens and is in group 17 of the periodic table. The atomic number of fluorine is 9. The element was first isolated in 1886 by the French chemist Henri Moissan. He won the 1906 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his impressive work.

It is a pale yellow, corrosive gas, which reacts with practically all organic and inorganic substances. Finely divided metals, glass, ceramics, carbon, and even water burn in fluorine with a bright flame. Until World War 2, there was no commercial production of elemental fluorine. Atom bomb projects and nuclear energy applications made it necessary to produce large quantities of fluorine s

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