New Element Named 'Copernicium' - Element 112 Gets A Name
Finally the wait is over. A long wait indeed. It was 13 years ago that Element 112 of the Periodic Table was discovered. However, it has been given a name as of now.
The new element has been named 'Copernicium', in memory of the famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. Copernicus was the man who stated that it was Sun around which the planets revolve and not the Earth. He even refused to accept the notion that Earth was the center of the universe.
Element 112 - Dedicated to Nicolaus Copernicus.
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 months' time in order to give the scientific community "time to discuss the suggestion".
Scientists from the Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Germany, led by Professor Sigurd Hofmann, discovered copernicium in fusion experiments in 1996.