Black hole named ‘Powehi’ by Hawaii university professor

A black hole in the M87 galaxy is captured by the Event Horizon Telescope

A black hole in the M87 galaxy is captured by the Event Horizon Telescope

A Hawaiian name was defended on the grounds that the venture included two Hawaii telescopes, astronomers said.

Powehi was chosen for its roots in the Kumulipo, an 18th-century Hawaiian chant that describes a creation story. It's everything that a name for the fist black hole seen by us mere humans should be.

Po is a significant tiresome wellspring of unending creation, while wehi, regarded with embellishments, is one of the serenade's depictions of po, the paper revealed.

The world's first picture of a black hole uncovered Wednesday was made using data from eight radio telescopes the world over.

Jessica Dempsey, a co-discoverer of the black hole, says the word is an excellent match for the scientific description she provided to Kimura.

"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 Kimura. "I hope we are able to continue naming future black holes from Hawaii astronomy according to the Kumulipo".

The Event Horizon Telescope is defined as a "planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes" that are brought together through global collaboration.

NASA reported back on Wednesday, April 10 that scientists obtained an image of the black hole at the center of galaxy M87, outlined by emission from hot gas swirling around it under the influence of strong gravity near its event horizon.

"This is an fantastic accomplishment by the EHT (Event Horizons Telescope) team", Paul Hertz, director of NASA's astrophysics division, said in a news release.

More than 200 researchers were involved in the project, and they had worked for more than a decade to capture the image.

The black hole that was captured in a first-ever picture this week has been named "Powehi", courtesy of a language professor at the University of Hawaii-Hilo.

NASA defines a black hole as an "extremely dense object from which no light can escape". "Breakthroughs in technology, connections between the world's best radio observatories, and innovative algorithms all came together to open an entirely new window on black holes and the event horizon".