Breakthrough discovery in astronomy: first ever image of a black hole

  • Published on Apr 10, 2019
  • On 10 April 2019 at 15:00 CEST (Brussels time) the European Commission presented a ground-breaking discovery by Event Horizon Telescope - an international scientific collaboration aiming to capture the first image of a black hole by creating a virtual Earth-sized telescope. EU-funded researchers play a key role in the project.
    Black holes are extremely compressed cosmic objects, containing incredible amounts of mass within a tiny region. Their presence affects their surroundings in extreme ways, by warping spacetime and super-heating any material falling into it. The captured image reveals the black hole at the centre of Messier 87, a massive galaxy in the constellation of Virgo. This black hole is located 55 million light-years from Earth and has a mass 6.5-billion times larger than our sun.
    Six press conferences around the world took place simultaneously. In Europe, Commissioner Moedas and lead scientists funded by the European Research Council held a press conference in Brussels to unveil the discovery.
    - Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation
    - Prof. Anton Zensus, Director at Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Bonn, Germany (Chair of the EHT Collaboration Board)
    - Prof. Heino Falcke, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands (Chair of the EHT Science Council)
    - Dr Monika Mościbrodzka, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands (EHT Working Group Coordinator)
    - Prof. Luciano Rezzolla, Goethe Universität, Frankfurt, Germany (EHT Board Member)
    - Prof. Eduardo Ros, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Bonn, Germany, (EHT Board Secretary)
    EC press release:!nr97rr
    Scientific press release by EHT:
    More insights by Jonathan O’Callaghan's article:!mb77wB
    Behind the scene with the black hole scientists:!xx46nf
    #EHTBlackHole #BlackHoleDay #RealBlackHole #BlackHoles

Comments • 2 415

  • Amir swat
    Amir swat 8 days ago

    Now we have a black hole!!

  • WA Canada
    WA Canada 8 days ago

    Why does nobody care?😔

  • GSequencer
    GSequencer 8 days ago

    What degree has the event horizon and what vector has the force beyond it?

  • Tahir Rehman
    Tahir Rehman 8 days ago

    My heartiest congratulations to all Scientists who made efforts to prove Surah e Najam right...and to prove Albert Einstein right.. big day for human kind..

  • GSequencer
    GSequencer 8 days ago

    how much computing power does it take to transform the data?

    GARY SARGSYAN 9 days ago

    While aliens are watching this and laughing at us....

  • psysonator
    psysonator 9 days ago

    cgi very cool .

  • Doctor BeBop
    Doctor BeBop 9 days ago

    It looks like . . . a hole of some type . . . a hole that is . . . black . . . a black hole!

  • link9a link9a
    link9a link9a 9 days ago

    yes cool ...BUT ...all this big news for only 1 pic seriously ? they cant have more than 1 or some video or.whatever ….

  • Adam
    Adam 9 days ago

    We’re little dots living in a digital world

  • Marco Antonio Pereira

    It's so fascinate that I can't imagine the dimension of this fact. Tank's scientist people of the planet !!!

  • Remram
    Remram 9 days ago

    Why is this video so quiet? The audio track is 14 dB too low! I can barely hear the panelists with my sound turned to the max.

  • wommokie Balur
    wommokie Balur 9 days ago

    As I had seen this I was like; it is ugly but then I realised how much time is in that

  • Peter Atkins
    Peter Atkins 9 days ago

    Dr. Alex Durant : Into the black hole

  • Peter Atkins
    Peter Atkins 9 days ago

    Dr. Hans Reinhardt : Tonight, my friends, we stand on the brink of a feat unparalleled in space exploration. If the data on my returning probe matches my computerized calculations, I will travel where no man has dared to go.

    Dr. Alex Durant : Into the black hole

  • Peter Atkins
    Peter Atkins 9 days ago

    Does that mean that we can travel across the event horizon like in the film interstellar.

  • ss s
    ss s 9 days ago +1

    Collaboration of event horizon telescope
    M87 galaxy
    53.5 million light years
    Mass of black hole is 6.5 billion times more than sun
    Diameter 100 billion kms
    Emits radioactive wave of blue colour and these waves are distributed in straight line upto 5000 light years
    When matter falls in black hole it starts rotating at Speed of light, it becomes hot and emits light(plasma)
    Why is the hole more bright at bottom ...bcoz either black hole is rotating or matter is is rotating in clockwise direction
    Fleet of sensitive mm wave telescope combined through supercomputer to form single large radio telescope

  • WulfCry
    WulfCry 9 days ago

    matter folds onto the black hole and starts to rotate.
    Why though why does matter folds in a b.h if the condition are
    violent inside of it. There no reaction from matter into a b.h
    gravity doesn't nullify whats go's inside a b.h.

  • Samy Shalaby
    Samy Shalaby 9 days ago

    Facinating introduction to a Great Project lke this

  • WR M
    WR M 9 days ago

    Newton's third law of motion "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction."

    Every Black Hole must have a counterpart - you must think of a pair of (equal and opposite) Black Holes that eject matter at "each other". This is the center of galaxies, such as our Milky Way. The common axis of the two black holes is at the center of, and perpendicular to, the Milky Way's "Galactic Plane", for example.

    I did a video a few years ago describing how this fits into my theory:

  • Qassim Al-jabouri
    Qassim Al-jabouri 9 days ago

    Albert , steven
    You are the legends.
    The science before you never become as science after you.
    Love you so much

  • Dryson Bennington
    Dryson Bennington 9 days ago

    Could black holes have existed prior to the Big Bang as singularities without a star needing to collapse?
    Based on how a black hole functions, speeding matter up to create heat or visible light, pre-big bang matter or fields of space traveling faster than the speed of light, maybe at the speed of infinity, which is the speed of space around everything, interacted with the black holes. The two super colossal forces then created matter that was flung across the Universe and eventually slowed and cooled down into the Universe today. Such black holes would not have been as powerful as the black hole that was discovered but could have dissipated into a potential cold spot or super void.

  • Dryson Bennington
    Dryson Bennington 9 days ago

    Here's a question. If the M87 Black Hole passes across in front of a nebula that 100 light years behind the black hole, does the black hole create a shadow on the nebula? Transiting black hole studies is a must.

  • kingo55
    kingo55 9 days ago

    How are there empty seats in there?

  • Dryson Bennington
    Dryson Bennington 9 days ago

    Makes you wonder if Stephen Hawking's soul didn't actually find the black hole.

  • qwertyFUBAR
    qwertyFUBAR 10 days ago

    We have learned that black holes resemble a conference room full of people and microphones discussing revealing an virtual telescope image of a black hole! It's true, I watched a bit of Senate hearing today and noticed the resemblance to a black hole!

  • Rich Hooker
    Rich Hooker 10 days ago

    I had a question about the jets.. shooting kpc’s away.. say M87 shoots a jet of light or a wave of energy 3,230 light years, 1 Kiliparsec, how long does that jet take to separate from the black hole and continue on its journey.. if its 1kpc long, wouldn’t it take 3,230 years to disappear if it was traveling at the speed of light? Thank you so much for sharing and congratulations on one of history’s finest discovery’s. I am so very proud to have watched this presentation and share it with my son. Thank you

  • ArunPlaysPiano
    ArunPlaysPiano 10 days ago

    I could have drawn that in Microsoft Paint.

  • Try Caffeine Pill
    Try Caffeine Pill 10 days ago

    Look its DARKSOULS xd

  • Try Caffeine Pill
    Try Caffeine Pill 10 days ago

    Anticlimactic but still a great achievement!

  • Markus Patients
    Markus Patients 10 days ago

    I wonder what would happen if a chocolate chip cookie fell into a black hole ; Could you still eat it?

  • Commander Kruge
    Commander Kruge 10 days ago

    Science rocks.

  • Alphonse Capone
    Alphonse Capone 10 days ago

    Surprised not to see Kate Bouman on stage? Then again, typical for bosses to steal all the glory.

  • Burt Burty
    Burt Burty 10 days ago

    And? So why is this so fantastic, its been there all the time now we can take a peek big deal

  • aloevera74
    aloevera74 10 days ago

    Now what will happen first:
    Milky Way crashing with Andromeda
    this Black Hole absorbing earth/ solar system/ Milky Way and andromeda together?

  • pedro hernandez
    pedro hernandez 10 days ago


  • Hello Universe
    Hello Universe 10 days ago

    Hello-Universe! 🌀

  • // Zohir
    // Zohir 10 days ago

    // The general relativity of Einstein is now approved. 👍

  • JC Denton
    JC Denton 10 days ago

    If only they got Sam Neill to announce.
    Opportunity lost to grow science interest numbers. (And this funding)
    I’m still happy though!
    Good job to everyone on the team!!!!

  • Klumsy Kameleon
    Klumsy Kameleon 10 days ago +1

    How come every comment has thousands of likes but no replies? Something fishy is going on...

  • V-anonymous
    V-anonymous 10 days ago

    Really? Black hole? Looks like a solar eclipse to me. 🙄

  • frank rowell
    frank rowell 10 days ago

    If it's a black hole and nothing gets away from it, how is there a corona around it

  • Maple Night
    Maple Night 10 days ago

    Cool! Although tbh I don’t feel anything about’s cool :(

  • Mr Anomalous
    Mr Anomalous 10 days ago

    How do we assume the outter ring is plasma? Or is that term used to just describe what it appears to be.

  • Hans-Joachim Bierwirth

    You are trying to politisize this event and thereby you are misleading the audience.

  • Javier Mk
    Javier Mk 10 days ago

    to avoid making the same mistakes as journalists... please not a scientist... and German!

  • Javier Mk
    Javier Mk 10 days ago

    Please do not talk in kilometers! AUs, light-years or parsecs...

  • Doin it
    Doin it 10 days ago

    So if a black hole sucks everything inside of it, including gravity and light, how is the uinverse expanding, and where does the matter that gets sucked into the blackhole hole go? These are questions that need to be answered😄

  • James Dean
    James Dean 10 days ago

    Finding a black hole 500 million trillion miles away!!! Finding aliens......................................

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    See. The earth is not flat.

  • Paras Pathak
    Paras Pathak 10 days ago

    I skipped the black hole chapter while reading HC Verma book.Who else also did that?

  • Summerdandelion1798
    Summerdandelion1798 10 days ago

    What is the point of this? When 95% of the ocean is undiscovered?

  • Onslaught is coming
    Onslaught is coming 10 days ago

    Turn the lights down bro,

  • Stephen Osullivan
    Stephen Osullivan 10 days ago

    Lord of the rings

  • rounak baheti
    rounak baheti 10 days ago +2

    Some people don't care about black holes and mysteries of universe.
    But not us.
    Not us

  • Leon
    Leon 10 days ago


  • 蔡安安
    蔡安安 10 days ago


  • Magare Govedo
    Magare Govedo 10 days ago

    Stephen Hawking IS THE BLACK HOLE

  • : o
    : o 10 days ago

    7:40 no need to thank me

  • Anupam S1000RR
    Anupam S1000RR 10 days ago +1

    So PLEASE Make a Time Machine Now

  • Jordan Paterson
    Jordan Paterson 11 days ago

    So privileged to have seen one! What a beautiful sight from our universe

  • Gihan Panditha
    Gihan Panditha 11 days ago


  • Adhi Karrang
    Adhi Karrang 11 days ago


  • Imp P
    Imp P 11 days ago

    Our eyes and experience tell us the earth is flat and motionless, and everything in the sky revolves around us. But when we cease to believe our own senses we have to prostrate ourselves at the feet of these very pseudosciencentists who are blinding us, and treat them as experts.

    By brainwashing us with something gigantic and fundamental, it makes every other type of lesser indoctrination a piece of cake. Earth being the fixed stationary centre of the universe where which everything in the heavens revolves not only gives a special significance to earth, but to us humans the most intelligent of the intelligent designers design.

    By turning earth into a ball shot around the sun hurdling through infinite space from a godless Big Bang, they turn humanity into a random, meaningless, purposeless accident of a blind dumb universe. So it's like trauma based mind control, beating the divinity out of us with their mental manipulations.

    The modern atheist Big Bang heliocentric globe earth-chance evolution paradigm spiritually controls humanity by removing god, or any sort of intelligent design and replaces purposeful divine creation with haphazard random cosmic coincidence. By removing earth from the motionless centre of the universe, these Masons have moved us physically and metaphysically from a place of supreme importance to one of complete nihilistic indifference.

    If the earth is the centre of the universe then the idea of god, creation, and a purpose for human existence are resplendent. But if earth is just one of billions of planets revolving billions of stars in billions of galaxies, then the idea of god, creation, and a specific purpose for earth and human existence become highly implausible.

    So by surreptitiously indoctrinating us into their scientific materialist sun-worship not only do we lose faith in anything beyond the material, we gain absolute faith in materiality, superficiality, status, selfishness, hedonism, and consumerism. If there is no God and everyone is just an accident then all that really matters is me me me!

    Their rich, powerful corporations with slick sun-cult logos sell us idols to worship, slowly taking over the world while we tacitly believe their "science", vote for their politicians, buy their products, listen to their music, watch their movies, all sacrificing our souls at the altar of materialism.

  • Applasamy Subbha Rao
    Applasamy Subbha Rao 11 days ago

    Too long video ... Is there any indications of Hawking's Radiation from Blackhole?

  • Cody Crouse
    Cody Crouse 11 days ago

    Congrats to the U.S, the E.U, Russia, China, Japan & South Korea for this great project & history making feat.

  • Goushik RJ
    Goushik RJ 11 days ago

    Awesome work!!!!!

    My opinion,
    Why it will be a hole ?Is this is a three dimensional hole? Is we see any any three dimensional in our life?
    Holes are two dimensional so blackhole is not a hole and it is not a warm hole or a gate way to other universe .It is a dark sphere and extremely dense.
    why it appear dark is because of its extreme gravity and not allow light to escape.

  • Edoardo Villasenor
    Edoardo Villasenor 11 days ago

    Oh I’m going to tell my children that our generation saw the removal of a planet, start of memes, and now the first black hole appearance.

  • Drgnwire
    Drgnwire 11 days ago +1


  • Jproxs Designs
    Jproxs Designs 11 days ago

    What if the universe is a black hole itself?

  • obscuresoul
    obscuresoul 11 days ago

    Looks like someone squashed a jaffa cake.

  • Kwigle
    Kwigle 11 days ago

    im crying, I cant believe I finally get to see a real one.

  • Tate Chasers
    Tate Chasers 11 days ago

    7:50 is where you want to start

  • lilpeep Forever
    lilpeep Forever 11 days ago

    Just knowing that we don’t know what happens if you enter a black hole scares me

    Isn’t their not ones that move around in space ?

  • Cymoon RBACpro
    Cymoon RBACpro 11 days ago

    This sounds like “black hole religion” Give me a break, These scientists are all delusional!

  • RLS Norton
    RLS Norton 11 days ago

    Magnificent science discovery ☯️

  • Debra Abbondola
    Debra Abbondola 11 days ago

    That's super cool ,but what's on the other side? Will NASA ever agree that The only way to discover anything is to send a "dumby" ? Their are many many people who would take that risk .I being 1 knowing I might not come home.....I believe its better to send one Man or Woman in exchange for the countless 9 month abortions being approved by our politicians

  • Вячеслав Дуров

    I watched the conference in the same breath. Emotions overlap.
    What are these guys!
    Я на одном дыхании смотрел конференцию. Эмоции перехлёстывают.
    Какие же молодцы эти ребята!!!

  • Rylan State
    Rylan State 11 days ago

    Wow #history

  • Irianto Safari
    Irianto Safari 11 days ago

    would be interesting to send a nuclear missile into a black hole and see what happens

  • Dna K
    Dna K 11 days ago

    Why are they clapping we could die

  • d3x3d
    d3x3d 11 days ago

    thank you for this fantastic gift.

  • Nabil Essadiki
    Nabil Essadiki 11 days ago

    La cuestion aqui es : hay vida intelligente sobre la tierra ???

  • Adiel T
    Adiel T 11 days ago

    Here’s what you came for 7:53

  • jordan vernis
    jordan vernis 11 days ago

    This is history we are watching, kids are gonna be watching this in 2090 in their history classes

  • Zainab Hamzaie
    Zainab Hamzaie 11 days ago

    It's amazing to think what could be achieved with human collaboration but so many things are holding us back

  • Joe Olivas
    Joe Olivas 11 days ago

    I hope we go through the black hole

  • Joe Olivas
    Joe Olivas 11 days ago

    Discover the cure for cancer, instead of imaginary black holes.

  • Toyota AE86
    Toyota AE86 11 days ago

    A major breakthrough in astronomy.

  • R4ZR_Hunter YT
    R4ZR_Hunter YT 11 days ago

    Mhmmm super computer

  • Mr, Boo Boo 1972
    Mr, Boo Boo 1972 11 days ago

    Politictions Globally need to get on Board and Make Science, Real Science The Number one funded thing for Humanity... And my country needs to wake up stop lieing NASA, and get on board with things. This is absolutely amazing. This is the stuff that moves us in direction of space that president Kennedy was talking about... The Moon and beyond. Our country is probably dead last in really caring about these breakthrough scientific findings., Cause after the mid eighties we went by to bed. Absolutely a waste of the last 50 plus years. We could have bn to Mars as a Global community already.. multiple times, Terra forming it. Great job everyone involved in this endeavor. Imagine the endless possibilities out there...what is past the next Horizon...? What Event lies there...? For Humanity sake... People ND to get on board.

  • EEH
    EEH 11 days ago

    Hope it is not the same story as neil armstrong

  • AwesomeEBM
    AwesomeEBM 11 days ago

    This is amazing

  • Mr, Boo Boo 1972
    Mr, Boo Boo 1972 11 days ago

    Congratulations. And Congratulations may he Rest.i.p. Einstein, that again... In just recent years that another theory of his and how he thought worked... Was Correct... That being Gravity works with Waves. Absolutely Awesome.

  • No
    No 11 days ago

    Wow. I never thought I'd get to see one in my lifetime... We've seen the unseeable.
    This is a defining moment in history.

  • niamh
    niamh 11 days ago

    this is our purpose in life. to discover what life really is.

  • Void
    Void 11 days ago

    So what?

    It makes for a fabulous story and represents an achievement for astronomers but, it's a meaningless blob to me. That's the problem with science, it's full of facts and devoid of meaning.

  • Peacock For Sale
    Peacock For Sale 11 days ago

    We found black hole now what ?

  • Philip Marks
    Philip Marks 11 days ago

    so ... if the earth is spinning 1000 mph on its axix... travelling around the sun at much more speed... etc etc how did you manage to capture such an accurate zoom to the black hole???

  • The One
    The One 11 days ago

    There is always away out . 🧠