A language professor has given a Hawaiian name — Powehi — to the black hole depicted in an image produced in a landmark experiment. University of Hawaii-Hilo Hawaiian Professor Larry Kimura named the infinite item, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser announced Thursday.
First Captured Black Hole Named ‘Powehi’ by Hawaii university professor
The world’s first picture of a black hole uncovered Wednesday was made using data from eight radio telescopes the world over.
Powehi means “the adorned fathomless dark creation” or “embellished dark source of unending creation” comes from the Kumulipo, an 18th century Hawaiian creation chant.
Po is a significant dull wellspring of unending creation, while wehi, regarded with embellishments, is one of the serenade’s depictions of po, the paper revealed.
“To have the privilege of giving a Hawaiian name to the very first scientific confirmation of a black hole is very meaningful to me and my Hawaiian lineage that comes from po,” Kimura said in a news release.
A Hawaiian name was defended on the grounds that the venture included two Hawaii telescopes, astronomers said.
“As soon as he said it, I nearly fell off my chair,” said Jessica Dempsey, deputy director of the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope on Mauna Kea.
Dempsey was among 200 scientists who attempted to capture a picture of the enormous dark opening in the M87 cosmic system about 54 million light-years from Earth, the paper revealed.
Dempsey said Powehi is a fantastic counterpart for the logical clarification gave to Kimura.
“We described what we had seen and that this black hole was illuminating and brightening the darkness around it, and that’s when he came up with the name,” she said.