As I had stated in an earlier post, I have compiled a list of sources for the elements that are available to the amateur chemist. Helium will be discussed here.
Helium, is a colorless, tasteless, odorless, nontoxic, nonflammable, nonreactive, light gas. (Enough properties?) It has the lowest melting point of any element. Helium is rare on the earth but is more common in the universe. Here are some of its sources (a clump of spent star is not included):
In element form: Helium is used in balloons. Helium is also used in welding.
In compound form: Helium does not form any stable compounds.
This is my sample of helium gas. It was filled by a tank of helium gas at a welding shop. It is stored in a plastic test tube.