Last week, people all around the world got to see the first photos ever captured of a black hole, and the results were breathtaking.
The black hole, named Powehi, has sent ripples through pop culture and science alike as endless photos, memes, and think pieces continue to circulate across the internet. In fact, for about a day or two, even the Lord Of The Rings found itself to be a trending topic as audiences everywhere remarked how eerily the black hole resembled the “Eye Of Sauron”
But when it comes to the black hole, a particular group of people have come together for a more poignant cause. Ever since the photos of Powehi were released, music fans of the late Chris Cornell have come together to propose that the black hole be named after one of his band’s most popular songs, “Black Hole Sun”.
The petition, which can be found on change.org, reads in part that Cornell was “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.”
It would in fact be a wonderful and fitting tribute to the late Cornell to have Powehi renamed in honor of “Black Hole Sun”. Cornell was one of the most prolific musicians of the ‘grunge’ era, fronting the wildly popular Soundgarden, as well as other iconic bands like Audioslave and Temple Of The Dog. His unexpected death in mid 2017 delivered a sucker punch to the music community that many to this day are still grappling and coming to terms with.
“Black Hole Sun” is the 3rd single off Soundgarden’s 4th studio album, Superunknown (1994), and remains one of the band’s biggest hits, defining in many ways the unique vibe that embodied the 90’s. And even when comparing the album cover with the photo, one can’t help but notice the eerie similarities between the two. Renaming the black hole in honor of the late musician would serve as just another amazing way to keep his spirit alive in the hearts of the fans who he touched with his music.
Other notable supporters appear to agree. When asked during a radio interview about about the petition, former Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello had this to say: “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.”
Regardless of whether NASA chooses to officially rename Powehi or not, I certainly think that in the hearts of all Soundgarden and Chris Cornell alike, this will definitely always come to be regarded as our own “Black Hole Sun”.