The mighty black hole finally gets a name

The mighty black hole pictured in a world first photograph has been named Powehi.

A language professor gave the Hawaiian name to the cosmic object, which was photographed with the help of two telescopes from the US island state.

University of Hawaii Professor Larry Kimura said it was a ‘privilege’ to decide the entity’s name.

Powehi means ‘the adorned fathomless dark creation’.

The word comes from the Kumulipo, an 18th century Hawaiian creation chant.

The first ever photo of a black hole was revealed after years of research by an international team of scientists.

After two years of acquiring and processing data, scientists at the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) programme presented their first results on Wednesday.

A Hawaiian name was justified because the project included two telescopes in Hawaii, astronomers said.

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