When the first ever photograph of a black hole came out earlier this month there were countless tweets, memes, and jokes about the epic event. One particular thing caught our attention though when a fan created a petition to name the black hole after late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell. His former bandmate Tom Morello is now backing the petition.
When astronomers released the first-ever image of a black hole, which can be found just a short hop away in the M87 galaxy (actually over 500 million trillion KM away) and measures 40 billion KM across. One person decided, in honour of Chris Cornell and the Soundgarden track ‘Black Hole Sun’, to start a petition to name the phenomenon after him.
Giuliana Jarrin, the creator of the petition 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.”
Sharing a band with Cornell as part of Audioslave, Tom Morello gave his thoughts on the petition when speaking with Rock 105 WRXR radio,: “I heard that. I think that would be really nice. I don’t know who you send that petition to, but I’d be happy to officially add my name to that…That seems absolutely appropriate.”
However futile the petition may be, the black hole already being named Powehi already by officials, the petition itself shows just a glimpse of the lasting impact Chris Cornell had on the music world and his fans.