Tom Morello supports the idea to name the black hole after the late Chris Cornell.
After the world’s first image of a black hole was released by the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, a change.org petition was created to name the black hole after Cornell. The petition says:
“Black Hole Sun”, written by Chris Cornell is without a doubt Soundgarden’s most recognizable 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 honor his life and his contribution to music.
When Soundgarden bandmate Morello stopped by Rock 105 WRXR, he acknowledged the petition by saying, “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.”
The petition currently has 46,800 signatures.