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There’s a petition to name that black hole after Chris Cornell

Thanks to the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, we’ve seen our first ever photo of an actual black hole this week. The question now is what to name it.

A person named Giuliana Jarrin thinks the black hole should be named Chris, or more specifically, Chris Cornell, and has taken the issue to change.org. The petition has already gained almost 20,000 signatures.

Photo by: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

There’s currently a petition on change.org to name the newly sighted black hole after the late frontman of Soundgarden and Audioslave, Chris Cornell.

Here’s the petition description:

“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 recognisable and most popular song, and one of the biggest anthems of the 90’s. 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

“I hope this petition is taken into consideration and with the respect with which it was created to honour a man loved by many. Thanks to all who sign, I hope we can achieve it!”

If you’d like to sign the petition, you can find it here.

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April 13, 2019