Exploring the science behind fireworks, discover how different elements are used to produce different colors of fireworks.
- In the mid-19th century, the inventor of the Bunsen burner, Robert Bunsen, discovered that pure elements burn with distinctive flame colors.
- Potassium produced a lilac flame.
- Copper burned green.
- The different color flames produced were due to the movement of electrons between electron shells.
Fireworks. Dazzling and explosive.
Their brilliant blues and greens, reds and oranges, can transform the night sky.
But just how are the different colors made?
Back in the mid 19th century, the inventor of the Bunsen burner, Robert Bunsen, discovered the phenomenon of flame colors.
He found that different pure elements burned ...
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