Chemical Mystery #11: Too hot to boil?!

glowing metal sphere

In this Chemical Mystery, a metal sphere is heated until it glows orange-hot, and then it is placed in some water. Watch what happens next:

Can you explain these results? If you have any ideas about what is going on, share them in the comments. 

*The solution is now posted. Check it out!



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For Laboratory Work: Please refer to the ACS Guidelines for Chemical Laboratory Safety in Secondary Schools (2016).  

For Demonstrations: Please refer to the ACS Division of Chemical Education Safety Guidelines for Chemical Demonstrations.

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