The first ever black hole photographed on Wednesday is to be named ‘Powehi’. The team of astronomers who created the image of the black hole called it M87(asterisk). (The asterisk is silent.)
A language professor has given it a ‘Powehi’ from a Hawaiian word “Kumulipo”, a primordial chant a primordial chant describing the creation of the universe.
Simplifying it more, Po, profound dark source of unending creation, is a concept emphasized and repeated in the Kumulipo, while wehi, or wehiwehi, is one of many descriptions of po in the chant.
This black hole bears a Hawaiian name because two of the world’s most powerful telescopes located on a Hawaii Island played a vital role in producing the world’s very first image of a black hole.
“It is awesome that we, as Hawaiians today, are able to connect to an identity from long ago, as chanted in the 2,102 lines of the Kumulipo, and bring forward this precious inheritance for our lives today,” said Prof Kimura.
The lies at the centre of Galaxy M87 which is 57 million light years away from the Earth.
The scientist community were able to photograph the first ever image of black hole with the help of the Event Horizon Telescope, a network of 10 radio telescopes spread across the planet and functioning as if it were a single receiver, one tuned to high-frequency radio waves.
“This major scientific achievement marks a paradigm shift in our understanding of black holes, confirms the predictions of Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity and opens up new lines of enquiry into our universe,” the European Commission had tweeted after the picture’s release.