Recently imaged black hole gets its name

The name Powehi is an excellent match for the scientific explanation of a black hole says Jessica Dempsey deputy director of the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope on Mauna Kea

Black hole named ‘Powehi’ by Hawaii university professor

The recently-photographed black hole which made headlines all around the world shall not be nameless.

To cap off a week of black hole fever, the cosmic object has now been named by a language professor in Hawaii.

"Po, profound dark source of unending creation, is a concept emphasized and repeated in the Kumulipo, while wehi, or wehiwehi, honored with embellishments, is one of many descriptions of po in the chant". According to the Event Horizon Telescope, the worldwide collaboration behind the black hole image project, two of the eight telescopes used to capture the black hole image are stationed in Hawaii.

"Powehi, meaning embellished dark source of unending creation, is a name sourced from the Kumulipo, the primordial chant describing the creation of the Hawaiian universe", the release from the university reads.

"As soon as he said it, I almost fell off my chair", said Jessica Dempsey, deputy director of the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope on Mauna Kea. While not official, the name seems to be sticking.

Dempsey said Powehi is an excellent match for the scientific explanation provided to Kimura.

Larry Kimura, a Hawaiian language professor at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, was asked by astronomers involved with the project to come up with a name for the black hole, CNN reported. It's everything that a name for the fist black hole seen by us mere humans should be.

The groundbreaking photo was published on Wednesday.

Earlier this week, an worldwide team of scientists published the first-ever photo of a black hole, procured via the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project. 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 global collaboration. 'We have seen and taken a picture of a black hole'.

The project, however, is far from being done - it might actually be just starting. This black hole, known as Sagittarius A*, harbors 4.3 million solar masses and lies about 26,000 light-years from Earth.

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

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