Black hole named 'Powehi' by Hawaii university professor

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

This Isn't Just a Black Hole. It's 'Powehi'

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

"As soon as he said it, I almost fell off my chair".

"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".

The name comes from the University of Hawaii and language professor Larry Kimura, according to a news release from the school. The newspaper reports the word meaning "the adorned fathomless dark creation" or "embellished dark source of unending creation" comes from the Kumulipo, an 18th Century Hawaiian creation chant. While not official, the name seems to be sticking.

Dempsey was one of the 200 scientists who worked together to achieve the extraordinary feat of capturing a black hole.

"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.

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

The groundbreaking photo was published on Wednesday. The project gathered 5,000 trillion bytes of data in two weeks, which was then processed through supercomputers for scientists.

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

"This major scientific achievement marks a paradigm shift in our understanding of black holes, confirms the predictions of Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity and opens up new lines of enquiry into our universe", the European Commission tweeted after the picture's release. Researchers are now pointing their eyes towards the supermassive black hole at the heart of our own Milky Way galaxy. It is located at roughly 55 million light-years away from Earth at the center of Messier 87 galaxy and estimated to be billions of times more massive than the sun. The black hole is also more variable than Powehi, which makes it more hard to image, but researchers are now optimistic.

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