Astatine is a very rare radioactive chemical element with the chemical
symbol At and atomic number 85. It occurs on Earth as the decay product
of various heavier elements. All its isotopes are short-lived, with
half-lives of 8.1 hours or less. Elemental astatine has never been
viewed because a mass large enough to be seen by the naked eye would be
immediately vaporized by its radioactive heating. The bulk properties of
astatine are not known with any certainty, but they have been predicted
based on its similarity to the other halogens, the lighter elements
directly above it in the periodic table: fluorine, chlorine, bromine and
especially iodine. It is likely to have a dark or lustrous appearance
and may be a semiconductor or possibly a metal; it will probably have a
higher melting point than iodine. Chemically, several anionic species of
astatine are known and most of its compounds resemble those of iodine.
It also shows some metallic behavior, including the ability to form a
stable monatomic cation in aqueous solution (unlike the lighter
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