2135: M87 Black Hole Size Comparison

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Re: 2135: M87 Black Hole Size Comparison

Postby Archgeek » Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:09 pm UTC

Quizatzhaderac wrote:
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messier_87#Supermassive_black_hole wrote:The telescope's astronomers proposed to name the black hole Pōwehi, meaning "embellished dark source of unending creation" in the Hawaiian language.

What terrible calamities befell you, what horrible darkness fills your history, for that to be conveyed in three syllables?
English "God" - Creator of the heaven, the world, and man; source of love and justice, maintainer of existence.
Ancient Greek "Khaos" - The first thing to exist, the gaping void holding heaven and Earth unseperated.
Chinese "Tao" - The non thing which creates and orders all thing, of which we can only truly understand things through understand the path that it creates.

After a brief and superficial overview of Hawaiian mythology, it appears "darkness" doesn't connotate "hidden, dangerous, evil", but "spiritual", and (wild guess) "It's finally not so %&(*ing hot outside!"

As for "source of unending creation" -- you try spending centuries or millennia living on and next to a chain of active volcanoes and see if you still use three entire syllables for that.
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Re: 2135: M87 Black Hole Size Comparison

Postby gmalivuk » Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:07 pm UTC

Xenomortis wrote:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messier_87#Supermassive_black_hole wrote:The telescope's astronomers proposed to name the black hole Pōwehi, meaning "embellished dark source of unending creation" in the Hawaiian language.

What terrible calamities befell you, what horrible darkness fills your history, for that to be conveyed in three syllables?

I think you're confusing a definition for a translation.
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Re: 2135: M87 Black Hole Size Comparison

Postby chridd » Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:07 pm UTC

nytimes.com wrote:It stems from “pō,” which means powerful, unfathomable and ceaseless creation, and “wehi,” an honorific befitting someone who would wear a crown, Professor Kimura said in an interview on Friday.

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