The black hole, photographed for the first time, was called “Powehi” in Hawaiian, meaning “deep, fancy darkness.”
According to the Star Advertiser newspaper published in Hawaii, the black hole photographed by the Event Horizon telescope system, created by linking eight observatories in different parts of the world, became the name of the Hawaiian language professor Larry Kimura.
Astronomers involved in the project, two telescopes used in Hawaii, 40 billion km in diameter with a diameter of three million times larger than the Earth to give the name of the giant black hole in the Hawaiian language.
The word Powehi consists of a combination of the words “Po” and “Wehi” in a chanting named Kumulipo, which has been spoken in Hawaii since the 18th century and tells the story of creation.
Po means “deep dark source in infinite creation” and Wehi means “adorned, adorned”.
Professor Larry Kimura, in his written statement, said, “It is a great honor to have a Hawaiian name for my first scientifically confirmed black hole.”
Jessica Dempsey, director of the James Clerk Maxwell Observatory at Mauna Kena, one of the 200 astronomers involved in the project, said: “I almost fell out of my chair when I heard the news. The name matches very well with the scientific definition of the black hole.”
A photo of a black hole of 500 million trillion miles (500 million km, about 54 million light years) from the world was published on Wednesday.
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