Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Element of the Month: Yttrium!

April's Element of the Month:



Atomic Mass: 88.90585 amu
Melting Point: 1526 °C
Boiling Point: 3336 °C

OK, first things first: we're talking about Yttrium, element number 39, the silvery-white metal -- NOT Ytterbium, element number 70, the silvery-white metal. They're totally different! By definition! Like, at the atomic level!

OK, now that we have that straight: Yttrium is not one of those super-rare elements like we've talked about before. In fact, it's the twenty-eighth most common element here on the Earth's crust! You even pack a certain amount of it around inside of your body, especially if you eat a lot of cabbage, but it has no known biological function (although exposure to too much of it could possibly damage your lungs, and maybe your liver).

It has some technical uses, the most exciting of which seems to be that it is part of the phosphor that glows red on a TV screen or monitor. How it works is, the Yttrium reacts to a stream of electrons being aimed at it and passes the energy along to other compounds, which in turn glow red. That is, assuming I'm reading this correctly. Yttrium is also a critical ingredient in the production of synthetic garnets! Oh, and maybe superconductors.

The Centerfold!

Now, earlier I said that Yttrium wasn't super-rare, but it is however one of the "rare earth elements." These are a collection of seventeen very shy elements that only tend to hang out together in unusual minerals, and which were historically very hard for chemists to isolate (the shyest, Promethium, wasn't totally proven to exist until the 1940s). In your reading on Yttrium, you will see a lot of loose talk about how it is "never found in its elemental form in nature." And that's true enough... here on Earth! But on the moon, elemental Yttrium is apparently all over the place. However, I can't help noticing that write-ups on Yttrium invariably brag about how abundant it is on the moon, but write-ups on lunar geochemistry don't really have much to say about Yttrium. So I'm guessing it's not all THAT abundant. Whatever.

Still, this lunar Yttrium may be more significant than you would expect. According to a website called "Continuum Network; Expand Your Reality," maintained by a pleasant-looking woman named Amy Leigh,
The symbiotic balance energy brings mutually beneficial energetic frequencies to Earth and her inhabitants & the moon and her etheric inhabitants. Everybody involved is enhanced! This occurs via trace amounts of the element Yttrium in each human body and throughout the Earth's body and oceans.

The Yttrium on the moon is plentiful and as of 11/12/08 it began receiving a massive infusion of Divine-Source energy/pure white light. This energetic infusion entices the moon's Yttrium atoms to RADIATE! A LOT! As the white light energy filters through the moon's Yttrium atoms it becomes supercharged with symbiotic balance energy so that gets RADIATED. Thereby activating the Earth's, and your body's, Yttrium atoms by turning them on and turning up their "volume," enticing them to radiate extra symbiotic balance.
A word of caution, though: I was unable to confirm this information from the NASA website or from any online authorities on rare earth chemistry.

If you want to pick up some Yttrium of your own, incidentally -- say, if you wanted small amounts of it to improve the high-temperature performance of your aluminum or magnisium alloys -- it would put you back about 75 bucks per ounce. That probably seems like a lot, but keep in mind that you might also be infusing your alloy with extra symbiotic balance. Awesome!


Jennifer said...

Looks like that extra symbiotic balance energy bumped up Yttrium's atomic number?

Michael5000 said...

In more ways than one. However, as of 4/6/10 Yttrium's atomic number has been restored into its natural harmonic balance.

DrSchnell said...

This is the best element of the month yet...

Aviatrix said...

I guess we can't call it selenochemistry instead of boring lunar geochemistry, because then we'd have to have a cool new latin prefix for every heavenly body we studied. Shame that.

Rebel said...

Yttrium rocks.

Jenners said...

Thank goodness you clarified it wasn't Ytterbium ... I ALWAYS mix the two up!