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First Black Hole Image
News Bytes 04/15/2019 37 Comments

Last week, scientists captured an image of a much-sought-after scientific phenomenon. Now the world’s first confirmed black hole has a name reflecting part of its heritage: Powehi.

University of Hawaii-Hilo Hawaiian language professor Larry Kimura named the cosmic object.

Powehi means “the adorned fathomless dark creation” or “embellished dark source of unending creation.” It comes from the Kumulipo, an 18th century Hawaiian creation chant. Po is “a profound dark source of unending creation.” Wehi, “honored with embellishments,” is one of the chant’s descriptions of po.

“To have the privilege of giving a Hawaiian name to the very first scientific confirmation of a black hole is very meaningful to me and my Hawaiian lineage,” Kimura says.

Christians realize that the Genesis account is the true story of creation. Still, many civilizations have provided other explanations of how the world and its inhabitants came into being. So-called “creation myths” usually include a higher power responsible for fashioning everything. The Bible says that is because “[God] has put eternity into man’s heart.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

Astronomers compiled data from eight radio telescopes around the world to capture an image of the black hole. Two of those telescopes are in Hawaii, so a Hawaiian name was a good fit.

“As soon as he said it, I nearly fell off my chair,” says Jessica Dempsey, of the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope on Mauna Kea.

Dempsey was among 200 scientists who worked to capture an image of the massive black hole in the M87 galaxy nearly 54 million light-years from Earth. She says Powehi is an excellent match for the scientific explanation astronomers gave Kimura when they asked him to name the hole. “We described what we had seen and that this black hole was illuminating and brightening the darkness around it, and that’s when he came up with the name.”

(This image released Wednesday, April 10, 2019, shows a black hole. Scientists revealed the image after assembling data gathered by a network of radio telescopes around the world. Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration/Maunakea Observatories via AP)

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Karisma S

Huh, so that's what a black hole looks like. Not exactly what they show you in Mr. Peabody and Sherman. It looks like an eclipse with a tiny moon. (Or technically you could say the distance is the part that would be messed up.) :)

@ Karisma S.

I was thinking that it looked like an eclipse too! And this whole thing is just so cool.


I wonder if the black hole is a 'portal" of sorts to another universe.....

@Leah P

If it was a portal (I don't think it is) you technically couldn't get to the other universe because you'd get crushed on the way.
The image is so weird. That is not at all what I imagined them as.

Wow that's cool

I think a small state like Hawaii deserves something like that.


wow! thats neat! I always thought a black hole looked like the milky way with a hole in it! it kinda looks like an eclypl but more of an eyeball to me. ; |

@ Karisma S

I agree! : )


or a one eyed smily face. I am glad that they gave it a Hawaiian name those people need to be herard!

That's cool! I was thinking

That's cool! I was thinking it looked like an eclipse too!

Glori, Isaac's sister

Wow! This is so cool.


I know but its still kinda fun to think about......

that is scary

its like currby lol

just saying

when i saw this it reminded me of a game that i play on the computer called you are a black hole and you swallow stuff and other holes the goal is to be the biggest hole in the end

guys look at this!

this is Asah S,

same here Jessica Dempsey I nearly fell off my chair too... that's so exiting!

i thought it was the eye from

i thought it was the eye from lord of the rings at first

@ Leah P

I think you got the rong articul.

@Logan M

Please stop posting; The article that never got pop!!! on every recent article. thanks!

This is so cool!! @Grace I

This is so cool!! @Grace I love Lord of the Rings and I can totally see how that would be the Sauron’s eye.


no I didn't


Blackholes scare me. If you get to close they will crush you. But that does look like Souran's eye. ( Lord of the Rings is AWESOME!)

@ Leah P

oh! sorry!

about the picture.

looking at it is like an optical illusion.

*Turns out it is* jk

*Turns out it is* jk

Einstein's theory of relativity

I'm still studying the theory of relativity but I know that this is more proof of it.

Let me know when scientists

Let me know when scientists send a probe through one to see if time travel is possible.

@ Karisma S

LOLOLOLOLOLOL Peaboday and Sherman lol! I can't stop laughing! (I'm not laughing at you)
Is it weird that I'm like the only who thought that's what a black hole looked like?

@Lauren A

They will never send a probe through a black hole because the black hole would crush it. And my dad says it's impossible to travel as fast as the speed of light, so although Einstein's theory of relativity may be correct, it is not possible to actually time travel.

Weird Cool



Elsie (Emelias sister)

Wow the picture is actually pretty close to what I've always imagined!

Lily ( Thia's sister)

Okay so random question but I noticed that a lot of people posted pretty late. What is your bedtime? Mine is still 8:30 and I am ten and a half! I have the same bedtime as my 5 year old sister and 11 almost 12 year old sister.( I have no other siblings).


10:30 or 11:00 sometimes I stay up a lot later though, like last night I was up till 1:00. I usually wake up at 8:30 or 9:00.

Lily ( Thia's sister)

I normally get eleven hours of sleep. At what time do I wade up. Oh and everyone check out my question on the Epipen articile

@ Lily.

I post late not because i am sleeping!! it's because i am not aloud to go on the computer before I do my daily chores and am ready for the day and have my school stuff out at the table. and if i post rilly late it's because I have to do all my schoolwork FIRST!! before i can do WorldTenn.
and i usaly go to bed about 8:00 and fall asleap at 9:00 or

To Everyone!!

Happy resurrection day!!!! Christ is Risen TO DAY!! Alle-luia!!!

I usually go to sleep between

I usually go to sleep between 9:30 and 11:00, but I normally don't comment on WorldTeen unless I have to take a test or something on the computer and am taking a break.

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