The black hole has a Hawaiian name: Powehi

14 Avril, 2019, 13:07 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • A black hole in the M87 galaxy is captured by the Event Horizon Telescope

A language professor in Hawaii recently came up with a name which has been embraced by the scientific community.

That was the reaction from the deputy director of the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. University of Hawaii-Hilo Hawaiian Professor Larry Kimura named the infinite item, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser announced Thursday.

Po is a significant boring wellspring of unending creation, while wehi, regarded with embellishments, is one of the serenade's depictions of po, the paper revealed. According to the Event Horizon Telescope, the global collaboration behind the black hole image project, two of the eight telescopes used to capture the black hole image are stationed in Hawaii.

On April 10, the first image of a black hole was shared around the world, and now, the massive region of space has a new name: "Powehi", a Hawaiian phrase that refers to an "embellished dark source of unending creation". While not official, the name seems to be sticking.

Dempsey was among 200 scientists who worked to capture an image of the massive black hole in the M87 galaxy almost 54 million light-years from Earth.

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

'Powehi, as a name, is so ideal, because it provides real truths about the image of a black hole that we see, ' Jessica Dempsey of the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, said in a video released by the University of Hawaii about the naming. It is, by all means of comparison, a landmark in astronomy.

Humankind's first photographed black hole that captured the world's attention this week has officially been christened with the name of "Powehi". The project gathered 5,000 trillion bytes of data in two weeks, which was then processed through supercomputers for scientists.

The Event Horizon Telescope is defined as a "planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes" that are brought together through worldwide collaboration. Anything that passes its point of no return will be consumed, "never to re-emerge", as the black hole's "unimaginably strong gravity" takes hold. Researchers are now pointing their eyes towards the supermassive black hole at the heart of our own Milky Way galaxy.

Powehi looks to be the first of more visual evidence of black holes to come from the EHT.

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