It’s hard to describe the thrill and excitement of seeing something for the first time. Something that no other living eyes have ever seen.
I’ve for some time had an interest in why the alkali metals (sodium, potassium etc) explode in water.
First step of course is to get a feel for the orders of magnitude you are dealing with such that you don’t blow your fingers off or something, but even this tinkering has proved to be fascinating beyond my wildest expectations! (albeit thanks to at least 3 slow motion camera)
~200mg (1/5th gram) potassium, reacting with water!