Just two days after astronomers released the first-ever photograph of a black hole, Chris Cornell fans have banded together to get the space phenomena named after the singer.
One fan, Giuliana Jarrin, launched a Change.org petition to use the black hole to honor Cornell and his famous song, “Black Hole Sun.” “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,” she wrote in the description. “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.”
The petition currently has more than 16,000 signatures, and Cornell’s wife Vicky took to Facebook to share the effort, noting that “Chris would be honored.”
The black hole, located in the M87 galaxy, measures 40 billion KM across and is about 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 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.”