The first ever photograph of the black hole emerged earlier this week
A fan has launched an online petition to name the newly photographed black hole after Chris Cornell.
Earlier this week (April 10), astronomers released an image they took of a black hole, which is located in the M87 galaxy (located over 500 million trillion KM away) and measures 40 billion KM across – roughly three million times the size of Earth.
“It has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun,” Radboud University in the Netherlands’ Prof Heino Falcke, who proposed the experiment, told the BBC. “And it is one of the heaviest black holes that we think exists. It is an absolute monster, the heavyweight champion of black holes in the Universe.”
The petition’s creator, Giuliana Jarrin said: “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…Black Hole Sun, written by Chris Cornell is without a doubt Soundgarden’s most recognisable and most popular song, and one of the biggest anthems of the ’90s.
“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 honour his life and his contribution to music.”
Earlier this week, the Soundgarden Twitter account was quick to notice the picture, tweeting “looks oddly familiar” in reference to an image from the band’s 1994 video accompanying the song’s release.
Meanwhile, Muse fans were quick to jump on this astronomical breakthrough too by linking the picture with the title of the band’s third album ‘Black Holes and Revelations’ and its lead single ‘Supermassive Black Hole’ – both of which came out in 2006.
Bellamy wrote on Twitter “Supermassive black hole, finally spotted”, while Muse fans also enjoyed the link between the news and the music.
The tribute to the late singer took place in January and saw fans being treated to a rare on-stage collaboration between Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, and Audioslave members Tom Morello and Brad Wilk.
The all-star line up paid tribute to Cornell with an emotional performance of Audioslave’s ‘Show Me How to Live’, and high quality footage of the performance has now arrived on Cornell’s official Instagram.
While it’s yet to be revealed whether the entire show will be released, the footage would suggest that a full release could perhaps be on the cards.