The European Space Agency has found a beautiful and unusual way to honor the memory of the famous astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. One of his favorite objects of research were black holes, he became famous after he opened the “Hawking radiation” in 1974 and proved that they do not look like faceless voids in space. And now the virtual Hawking sang a black hole song.
The Greek composer Vangelis wrote a 6-minute melody, to which computer-synthesized Hawking's voice superimposed the text. Something in between the song and the message into the distant cosmos, which talks about the hope of new discoveries and peace in the universe. This record was reproduced by sending the speakers to the black hole 1A 0620-00, which is located at a distance of 3,500 light-years from the Sun. It differs from all the others in that it is in the same system as the orange dwarf star.
Hawking's daughter called it a beautiful and very symbolic gesture. During his lifetime, Stephen Hawking very much wanted to be in space, but could not do it for medical reasons. Now his voice, his thoughts will rush to the black hole – both literally and figuratively. And financially, he remains on Earth – the ashes of the scientist are buried in Westminster Abbey, between the graves of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. On the tombstone of Hawking, an equation describing the entropy of the black hole is engraved.js.src = “&version=v2.8”; 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));