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This element was discovered, in 1996, by S. Hofmann, V. Ninov, F. P. Hessberger, P. Armbruster, H. Folger, G. Münzenberg, and among others, at the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung (GSI) in Darmstadt, Germany.

This element was produced, on 9th February 1996 at 22:37, through collision reactions between zinc and lead atoms, in the heavy ion accelerator UNILAC at GSI. It is the heaviest atom ever produced by man, being the isotope produced 277 times heavier than hydrogen.

Currently, the element is only referred by its IUPAC nomenclature.