The Glow In Glow Sticks

Have you ever wondered why cracking a glow stick makes it glow? Each time you crack a glow stick a chemical reaction occurs. A glow stick is made up of three components: two chemicals (usually hydrogen peroxide and phenyl oxalate) when mixed release energy, and a fluorescent dye that turns this energy into light. The two chemicals are housed separately within the glow stick, so when you bend it you are allowing the chemicals to react with each other and produce energy. The energy is released in the form of light (chemiluminescence) and reacts with the fluorescent dye which produces the glowing colors!

This phenomenal effect can be used to create stunning illuminations and brilliantly intriguing art. See some of the amazing things people do with glow sticks…

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