Last week humanity got its first glimpse at the daunting and eerily ominous center of a black hole. Now there is a petition to name the supermassive black hole after singer Chris Cornell. Black hole sun, won’t you come and make Chris Cornell your name.
The first photo of a black hole ever was revealed on Wednesday. The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), which is composed of eight radio telescopes stationed on five continents, discovered the supermassive black hole is in the center of the Messier 87 (M87) galaxy. The black hole is 55 million light years from Earth and has a mass 6.5 billion times that of our sun.
Now there is a movement to name the black hole after singer Chris Cornell. The petition was started by Giuliana Jarrin on Change.org as a tribute to the Soundgarden frontman. “I ask NASA, the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration and all the astronomers and scientists involved in this discovery, to name this black hole after Chris Cornell,” the petition requests.
“Almost two years ago, we lost Chris Cornell. He was the lead singer for Soundgarden and Audioslave, and above all, the voice of an entire generation,” Jarrin wrote in the petition. “He was one of the most beloved figures not just in rock, but all of music, by people from all over the world. His music, his voice and his personality inspired, influenced, changed and even saved the lives of thousands of people.”
“Chris left a heavy legacy for a new generation of musicians who follow in his footsteps. His memory will remain forever alive in the hearts of all his family, friends, fans and all the people who love him, and his music will do the same in each record, song or video we play,” the petition titled “Name the black hole after Chris Cornell” states. “This would be a surreal and amazing way to honor his life and his contribution to music.”
Cornell’s biggest song is arguably Soundgarden’s 1994 song Black Hole Sun. The track from Soundgarden’s Superunknown album peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart in 1994 and remained on the chart for 26 weeks.
However, the petition might be too late because the black hole has been named “Powehi,” which is a Hawaiian name that means “embellished dark source of unending creation.” But what about Muse? Shouldn’t they get some consideration for their song Supermassive Black Hole?
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