Helium Facts

Helium is the second most common element in the universe.

When helium atoms are released into the atmosphere, they escape towards space. This is owing to the fact that it is exceedingly light.

Helium has the lowest melting and boiling point of any element.

Helium’s name is derived from the Greek word for the sun, Helios.

Helium is the second least reactive noble gas after neon. Noble gases are the least reactive elements in the periodic table.

Helium shows a stunning property when it is condensed to a liquid – It flows with zero friction up and over the walls of the vessel.


Helium’s physical properties are: colorless, odorless, tasteless, non-toxic, and inert.

Helium was first observed in the sun during a total solar eclipse.