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The photographed black hole was called Hawaiian name Powehi – “decorated bottomless dark creation”

They explained this by the fact that the project used two telescopes in Hawaii.


Event horizon of a supermassive black hole in the galaxy M87 Event Horizon Telescope

On April 11, a supermassive black hole, whose horizon of events was first photographed, was given the name Poehi. The idea was proposed by a professor from the University of Hawaii at Hilo Larry Kimura. It is reported byThe Guardian.

According to astronomers, this name is justified, since two telescopes located in Hawaii took part in the filming of the black hole.

As Hilo Larry explained, Powehi is “a decorated bottomless dark creature” or “immense emptiness”. The name comes from the main Hawaiian creation myths. According to the deputy director of the Maxwell telescope Jessica Dempsey, the name Poeha perfectly describes the image of a black hole.

On April 10, astrophysics for the first time showed a snapshot of the horizon of events of a supermassive black hole during a live broadcast. They watched Poehi for seven years, and with the help of eight radio telescopes located in different parts of the Earth they managed to get the first image of a black hole. Poehi is located in the center of the galaxy Messier 87, located at a distance of 54 million light years from Earth.

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