This Friday, humanity is going to pay its last respects to Stephen Hawking. During a ceremony at Westminster Abbey, the family of the renowned physicist will release a special message to space containing Hawking’s voice. This message will be sent to a black hole together with pieces of music composed by Vangelis.
A Message to Space from Stephen Hawking
On June 15th, everyone who wants to bring a final homage to Stephen Hawking can attend a special ceremony in London, at Westminster Abbey. During this religious service, the family of the physicist will deliver a really special message to space. This is a recording of Hawking’s voice that will be sent to a black hole accompanied by music.
This black hole lies in a binary star system called 1A 0620-00, with an orange dwarf at its center. The system lies quite far away from Earth, namely 3,300 light-years away from the constellation of Monoceros.
This Is the Last Ceremony in Memory of Stephen Hawking
The Hawking family know how loved the physicist was. Therefore, they thought this was a great opportunity to leave one last legacy from him and send his message to space. Since they first made this event public, they have received around 25,000 questions about it. This means they expect quite a big number of people to attend it.
Three months after his death, Hawking’s ashes will finally be laid in the ground. Given his great scientific achievements, he will be given a special tombstone in a place of honor between two other reputable scientists, Charles Darwin and Sir Isaac Newton.
The scientist’s family will send the message to space directly, but people at the ceremony will still find out what it is about as everyone will receive a copy of the message. This talks about love, peace, unity, and the need to live in harmony.
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