Stephen Hawking to Address Local Black Hole

By Gary Cutlack on at

Today's Westminster Abbey service for Stephen Hawking will see his ashes interred in the special brainiacs science wall next to Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin, and he'll also be broadcasting a pre-recorded message to anyone happening to tune in to the ceremony from outer space.

Specifically, Hawking's words are to be beamed up and out from the European Space Agency's Cebreros station, and will be pointed at our nearest black hole, known by hole watchers as space object 1A 0620-00. It's a bit like he's still alive and saying things on Twitter.

The physicist’s daughter Lucy described the idea as a "...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," adding that it "...is a message of peace and hope, about unity and the need for us to live together in harmony."

It's going to really baffle the two-dimensional black hole people to be told to behave by a recently deceased robotic voice. They haven't even done anything to us. [Guardian]