Fans Create Petition to Name Black Hole After Chris Cornell


Chris Cornell of Soundgarden – Story by Anne Erickson, photo by Ken Settle

Despite the recently photographed black hole already being named Powehi, fans are pushing to name the black hole after Chris Cornell

Some loyal Chris Cornell fans have started an online petition to name the recently photographed black hole after the late, great Chris Cornell.

For the first time earlier this week, scientists were able to capture an image of the mysterious black hole. Now, fans want to see the cosmic being used to pay tribute to Cornell and the popular 1994 Soundgarden song, “Black Hole Sun.”

The black hole image also looks strikingly like the cover art for Soundgarden’s 1994 album “Superunknown,” which features “Black Hole Sun.” Even the band noticed the similarity, tweeting out a photo of the black hole on Twitter with the caption, “Looks oddly familiar.”

Longtime Cornell fan Giuliana Jarrin began the petition, stating, “Almost two years ago, we lost Chris Cornell. He was the lead singer for Soundgarden and Audioslave, and above all, the voice of an entire generation. He was one of the most beloved figures not just in rock, but all of music, by people from all over the world. His music, his voice and his personality inspired, influenced, changed and even saved the lives of thousands of people.”

Jarrin continues, “Chris left a heavy legacy for a new generation of musicians who follow in his footsteps. His memory will remain forever alive in the hearts of all his family, friends, fans and all the people who love him, and his music will do the same in each record, song or video we play.

“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 honour his life and his contribution to music,” Jarrin concludes.

Although Jarrin’s efforts are strong, the black hole has already been named “Powehi,” a Hawaiian moniker meaning the “embellished dark source of unending creation.” But signatures on the petition continue to increase, so perhaps the efforts will capture the attention of the science community.

Anne Erickson
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