First Photographed Black Hole Has A Name

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First Photographed Black Hole Has A Name

Maysen Anderson, Staff Writer

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  That black hole you’ve seen everywhere now has a name.

    It’s been named Powehi, a Hawaiian phrase referring to an “embellished dark source of unending creation.”

    The first-ever photograph of a black hole was published around the world on Wednesday, captivating viewers and providing the only direct visual evidence that they exist.

    The responsibility of finding this black hole a name fell to Larry Kimura, a Hawaiian language professor at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. He was approached by astronomers involved with the project, because two of the 8 telescopes that were used to take the picture were in Hawaiian.

    “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,” Kimura added. “I hope we are able to continue naming future black holes from Hawaii astronomy according to the Kumulipo.”

    More than 200 researchers were involved in the project, and they had worked for more than a decade to capture the image. The project is named after the event horizon, the proposed boundary around a black hole that represents the point of no return where no light or radiation can escape.


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