Stephen Hawking’s ashes were today laid to rest in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey. His ashes have been placed between those of two other famous scientists; Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. A recording of Stephen Hawking’s words have also been set to an original piece of music composed by Vangelis and will be beamed towards the nearest black hole- 1A 0620-00- after the ceremony. The recording is a message of hope and peace and will serve as a fitting tribute to the scientist’s life.
The service was attended by actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Stephen Hawking in the 2004 BBC Film Hawking , and astronaut Tim Peake who both gave readings. Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, and Prof. Hawking’s collaborator and Nobel prize winner, Kip Thorne, are also giving tributes. Also present at the service were TV personalities David Walliams and Piers Morgan, musician Nile Rodgers and Professor Brian Cox.
One thousand members of the public, from more than 100 countries, were offered the opportunity to attend the service, after a ballot attracted 25,000 applications for tickets. Students who use electronic communication devices to speak like Prof. Hawking used throughout his life were guests at the ceremony.
On the day the scientist is finally laid to rest scientists have made a remarkable discovery. For the first time in history scientists have witnessed a Supermassive Black Hole eating a star, the gravity of the black hole sucks in the star and tears it apart before the resulting matter is thrown outwards across the universe.The scientists used specialised telescopes to observe two colliding galaxies- arp 229- over 150 million light years away from Earth. The star was twice the size of the Sun and the Black Hole was 20 million times bigger than the Sun.
This recent discovery has close connections to Hawking’s own work on black holes and adds further support to his claims that black holes emit heat and his discovery that matter is released from black holes. It was previously thought that black holes are objects which solely consume other objects, never releasing anything i.e. objects into which things go in but never come out. After seeing for the first time a super massive black hole consuming a star scientists can now explore whether Hawking’s theories are accurate and find out new information on the workings of black holes.The coinciding of Hawking’s memorial with this major scientific discovery is perhaps the Universe’s final commemoration of a scientist that worked so hard to reveal its’ secrets.