The first photographed black hole was given the name of Pauahi

Published April 10, photograph of a black hole in the center of the galaxy Messier 87 brought a lot of noise — it was printed on the main pages of almost all Newspapers. All this time it was simply called as “black hole”, but now it has an official name — Peahi (Powehi). The name was suggested Hawaiian Hilo Professor Larry Kimura and tortured by the astronomical community. After all, in the shooting space of the object were 8 telescopes, and two of them were located in Hawaii.

Черная дыра Поэхи (Powehi)

Professor Larry Kimura explained that the name of Pauahi closely related to Hawaiian creation myths. Literally “Powehi” can be translated as “embellished bottomless dark creation” or “vast emptiness”: the particle “Po” implies a deep dark source of infinite creation, and “wehi” — something that is awarded decorations. According to astronomers, the word perfectly describes the photo.

Give the name of the first photographed black hole is a big part for me and my Hawaiian ancestry.

Hilo Larry Kimura, Professor, University of Hawaii

Scientists from around the world wanted to see a black hole from a distant 1960-ies — they knew about their existence, but to photograph them was impossible. How scientists came to this momentous day — it’s the whole story, which you can read in our special article. We also recommend you to find answers to three main questionsthat may arise while viewing historic photographs.

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