On This Day – October 27 : The spectroscope was invented on this day in 1859

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A spectroscope is a prism-based device which separates light into its different wavelengths. Gustav Kirchhoff initially used it to study the spectral “signature” of various chemical elements, allowing the identification of a new element if a new spectrum was observed.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

What happened today in chemistry? Explore 366 days of chemistry history at On This Day in Chemistry, an RSC Learn Chemistry site. rsc.li/chemistry-calendar