Watch this science video tutorial from Nurd Rage on how to make strontium nitrate. They show you how to make strontium nitrate from strontium carbonate and nitric acid.
Strontium Nitrate is used as an oxidizer in some types of pyrotechnic compositions to give a brilliant red color. A well-known example is flares.
Actually making it is very simple. Just mix 45 grams of strontium carbonate, 100mL of water and 20mL of concentrated (15.6M) nitric acid and then boil down until it's dry.
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