By MB Online
The black hole, an image of which was captured by a group of astronomers, engineers, and mathematicians that gave the world its first glimpse of such inter-galactic phenomenon, was named “Pōwehi” on Wednesday.
“Astronomers collaborated with renowned @UHHilo Hawaiian language professor and cultural practitioner Larry Kimura for the Hawaiian naming of the #EHTBlackHole – #Pōwehi. #HumansOfUHHilo,” University of Hawaii System said in a Twitter post.
“Pōwehi” means “embellished dark source of unending,” which came from Kumilipo — an 18th century Hawaiian creation chant — while Po means “profound dark source of unending creation,” and wehi (wehiwehi), which explains Po in the chant.
“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,” Kimura said in a press release.
“To have the privilege of giving a Hawaiian name to the very first scientific confirmation of a black hole is very meaningful to me and my Hawaiian lineage that comes from po,” he continued.
Kimura added they are hoping to continue naming future black holes from Hawaii astronomy according to the Kumulipo.
Event Horizon Telescope project, a worldwide collaboration of astronomers, engineers, and mathematicians, combined the data from eight radio telescopes around the world to collect high-frequency waves from the Messier 87 (M87) galaxy to capture the image of the supermassive black hole.