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Fans petition for ‘black hole’ to be named for Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell's Higher Truth Solo Acoustic Tour at the Sheldon Concert Hall in Saint Louis, MO on December 18th, 2015.
Photo by Ben Vogelsang | Idea Machine Productions for 105.7 The Point

An online petition has launched to re-name the recently photographed black hole after the late Chris Cornell. The very first image of the cosmic phenomenon was revealed last week – and some music fans want it named in tribute to Cornell and Soundgarden’s 1994 track, “Black Hole Sun.”

The petition was started by Giuliana Jarrin, who says: ““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.”

The petition may be pointless, because the black hole has already been named – Powehi – a Hawaiian name referring to the embellished dark source of unending creation.

Chris Cornell , who died in 2017, wrote “Black Hole Sun,” which topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks and spent a total of seven weeks at #1.

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THE PETITION AS WRITTEN:

  • Thanks to the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, we have been able to see the first ever image of a black hole at the center of a galaxy known as M87.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. 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. 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 ’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 honor his life and his contribution to music.

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