Guitarist Tom Morello, who played alongside late singer Chris Cornell in the band Audioslave between 2001 and 2007, said in a new interview that he is willing to sign the online petition that has been started to name the recently photographed black hole after the vocalist. A group of fans want the cosmic object named after Cornell in honor of him and his 1994 hit with Soundgarden, “Black Hole Sun.”
Asked by Chattanooga, Tennessee radio station WRXR for his thoughts on the petition, Morello replied, “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.”
The petition was started by Giuliana Jarrin, who wrote, “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 honor his life and his contribution to music.”
The petition may be pointless, because the black hole has already been named. It's called Powehi, a Hawaiian name referring to the embellished dark source of unending creation. Located in the Messier 57 galaxy, it is the first phenomenon of its kind to be photographed.
Cornell wrote “Black Hole Sun,” which topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks and spent a total of seven weeks at Number One. He committed suicide in May 2017 at the age of 52.