Friday, July 17, 2009

Element 112 - Copernicium

Goodbye Ununbium.

Thirteen years after it was first discovered, Element 112 has been officially added to the Periodic Table and its discoverers have suggested the name Copernicium (Cp) in honor of Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus who proposed the heliocentric model of the solar system.

Of course, IUPAC is cautious and the name isn't official yet.

Image: Wikimedia Commons

BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | New element named 'copernicium'

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