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Fan Petitions To Name Newly Photographed Black Hole After Chris Cornell

Earlier this week the world received the first ever photographs of an actual black hole, and now Soundgarden fans are petitioning to name the phenomenon after the band's late frontman Chris Cornell.

"'Black Hole Sun,' written by Chris Cornell is without a doubt Soundgarden's most recognizable and most popular song, and one of the biggest anthems of the 90's," wrote Giuliana Jarrin, a fan from Ecuador who started the petition via change.org. "For this reason, and the impact Chris Cornell had in the lives of so many and music itself, I ask NASA, the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration and all the astronomers and scientists involved in this discovery, to name this black hole after Chris Cornell. This would be a "surreal" and amazing way to honor his life and his contribution to music."

At the time of writing, the petition has over 30,000 signatures and counting. However, the effort may be for naught, as the black hole has since been named. Hawaiian language professor Larry Kimura was granted the honor and named the black hole Powehi, a phrase that means “embellished dark source of unending creation.”

"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 statement.

Photo: Getty Images

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