Stephen Hawking was a renowned astrophysicist who spent his whole life studying space and teaching others about the secrets out there. He is mostly known for its writings and theories regarding the black holes. Now, Hawking’s ashes lye between the graves Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin at the Westminster Abbey but a radio antenna in Spain has grander plans. Namely, it will send Stephen Hawking’s voice through a black hole at 3,500 light years away from us.
Hawking died at 76 years old after fighting almost his whole life with motor neuron disease.
Stephen Hawking’s voice will be sent through a black hole
Vangelis, the renowned Greek composer, put the astrophysicist’s voice over a composition he especially created for this special occasion. According to Stephen Hawking’s family, this musical piece would be a “message of peace and hope.”
According to Mark McCaughrean, ESA’s senior adviser for science and exploration, the track will be 6:30-minute long and it’s quite somber, revealing Earth as a place from where people come from and need to carry about, as reported by CNN.
The Cebreros antenna will be the one to send the message towards the nearest known black hole, the 1A 0620-00, located at about 3,500 light-years away from us.
“It’s a nice story overall, and we’re very honored to have been asked to do this. Hawking is a highly influential scientist and public figure. This is a lovely, beautiful, symbolic gesture,” added Mark McCaughrean.
“This is beautiful and symbolic.”
“We are so grateful to Westminster Abbey for offering us the privilege of a Service of Thanksgiving for the extraordinary life of our father and for giving him such a distinguished final resting place,” stated Hawking’s children.
“This is a beautiful and symbolic gesture that creates a link between our father’s presence on this planet, his wish to go into space and his explorations of the universe in his mind,” admitted Lucy Hawking, Stephen Hawking’s daughter.
The event during which Stephen Hawking’s voice will be sent through a black hole will take place today.