Element 112 Now Has a Name

And it isn’t one of those crazy unnil + something names, thank goodness.

from BBC

Discovered 13 years ago, and officially added to the periodic table just weeks ago, element 112 finally has a name.

It will be called “copernicium”, with the symbol Cp, in honour of the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.

Copernicus deduced that the planets revolved around the Sun, and finally refuted the belief that the Earth was the centre of the Universe.

The team of scientists who discovered the element chose the name to honour the man who “changed our world view”.

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) will officially endorse the new element’s name in six month’s time in order to give the scientific community “time to discuss the suggestion”.

For those paying attention, this is another one of those elements that are found only for nanoseconds, in the inner reaches of nuclear reactors. The exciting part is that with each new element produced, we grow closer to finding out if there is a new series in the Periodic Table, that will have very heavy nuclei, and be stable, instead of radio active.

an obviously older table, as it doesn’t get to 112.

This should occur at about element 119, from what I’ve read, which should be an alkali metal (Group 1) and is predicted to be stable.

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