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First we ll use the petroleum jelly as a kind of invisible ink. If you have Latex gloves, put them on your hands. Reach into the jar of petroleum jelly and scoop out enough jelly to cover both hands. Rub the jelly well over both hands, and then as someone to turn off the lights in the room, and to turn on the black light. Hold your hand under the black light and you will see it glowing :). The reason black lights are called "black lights" is because they give off very little light that our eyes can see. Visible light contains a spectrum of colors. Beyond violet light in the spectrum is ultraviolet light, which our eyes cannot detect. Most of the time when we look at an object, we see light reflected from the surface of the object. But with a black light, there isn't much visible light,. Petroleum jelly contains substances called phosphors. So the phosphors in the jelly are absorbing the invisible ultraviolet radiation from the black light and emitting visible light. · · ·

Making things glow in the dark
Have you ever wondered what makes certain things glow under black lights?

For this experiment you will need:
A black light P e t r o l e u m j e l ly L a t e x g l o ve s i f y o u

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