Imagine sitting in a laboratory, sitting next to something that has the possibility to open up new worlds or destroy yours. You hear a whirring and wait for what seems like years, but then you hear yelling, “We did it!” You helped the research to create a new element. Particle Accelerators mean fusing subatomic particles together and if they stick, you have a new element. What to name it? For about a decade, periodic tables have shown ununtrium, ununpentium, ununseptium, and ununoctium as no named elements. Well, finally they got their act together and named them, here’s a list:
Ununtrium – Nihonium
Nihon actually means ‘Japan’ in Japanese.
Ununpentium – Moscovium
Ununseptium – Tennessine
The group of American and Russian scientists who discovered these two named Moscovium because that’s where their laboratory was, outside of Moscow. They named Tennessine because of the help from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the universities around it.
Ununoctium – Oganesson
It was named after Yuri Oganessian, a leader in the quest for superheavy elements.
Link to news article: The Atlantic