"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", she said.
To cap off a week of black hole fever, the cosmic object has now been named by a language professor in Hawaii. According to the Event Horizon Telescope, the worldwide collaboration behind the black hole image project, two of the eight telescopes used to capture the black hole image are stationed in Hawaii.
The newspaper reports the word meaning "the adorned fathomless dark creation" or "embellished dark source of unending creation" comes from the Kumulipo, an 18th Century Hawaiian creation chant.
The new moniker comes from the Kumulipo, the sacred creation chant explaining the origin of the Hawaiian universe. Astronomers said the Hawaiian contribution justified a Hawaiian name. 'I hope we are able to continue naming future black holes from Hawaii astronomy according to the Kumulipo'.
Humankind's first photographed black hole that captured the world's attention this week has officially been christened with the name of "Powehi".
"This is an awesome accomplishment by the EHT (Event Horizons Telescope) team", Paul Hertz, director of NASA's astrophysics division, said in a news release.
"We have seen what we thought was unseeable", said Sheperd Doeleman, director of the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, unveiling the historic snap. Anything that passes its point of no return will be consumed, "never to re-emerge", as the black hole's "unimaginably strong gravity" takes hold.
More than 200 researchers were involved in the project, and they had worked for more than a decade to capture the image.
NASA defines a black hole as an "extremely dense object from which no light can escape".
'Powehi, as a name, is so flawless, because it provides real truths about the image of a black hole that we see, ' Jessica Dempsey of the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, said in a video released by the University of Hawaii about the naming. "Breakthroughs in technology, connections between the world's best radio observatories, and innovative algorithms all came together to open an entirely new window on black holes and the event horizon".