What's The Brightest Thing In the Universe?

  • Published on Feb 3, 2014
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    SixtySymbols video on new black hole theory: thexvid.com/video/RXTGInIbD_Q/video.html
    "How Hot Can it Get?" Vsauce video: thexvid.com/video/4fuHzC9aTik/video.html
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    Taijitu: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taijitu
    Yin Yang blackhole art (made by twitter.com/guylar ): imgur.com/IpD5L4l
    Roman 'Yin Yang': en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notitia_Dignitatum
    Sun and lightbulb:
    most luminous stars: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_luminous_stars
    gamma ray bursts:
    Dark Matter:
    Accretion Disk:
    Jets: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Relativistic_jet
    Most luminous BLAZAR: www.caha.es/the-most-luminous-quasar-state-ever-observed.html
    ACTIVE GALACTIC NUCLEI: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_galaxy
    Neil Degrasse Tyson book: www.amazon.co.uk/Death-Black-Hole-Cosmic-Quandaries/dp/0393330168
    Thierry Cohen art: www.danzigergallery.com/artists/thierry-cohen
    light pollution:
    LA blackout: www.pbs.org/seeinginthedark/astronomy-topics/light-pollution.html
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Comments • 26 584

  • William Peng
    William Peng 9 hours ago

    420 Blazar

  • migthy potato
    migthy potato 11 hours ago

    It is insane that we can't understand universe and how it was made.

    • migthy potato
      migthy potato 11 hours ago

      And dont give me that god bullshit cuz that aint real

  • Mika Tamayo
    Mika Tamayo 16 hours ago

    Michael : it could stretch from the sun to pluto
    me : ooh!!
    Michael : and back!
    me : woah! that's long!!
    also Michael : 1.5 Millions times!!
    and me : TF!!!

  • Dániel Deák
    Dániel Deák Day ago

    Whats the brightest thing in the universe?
    The light reflecting from Michael's head.

  • Justin Delos Reyes
    Justin Delos Reyes Day ago +1

    Its under my pants*

  • Wanna Chetto
    Wanna Chetto Day ago

    What if vsauce was just lying to us

  • Honk1117
    Honk1117 Day ago


  • Ethan Wilson
    Ethan Wilson 2 days ago

    The middle of our universe is the brightest thing we don’t know what is in the middle

  • Brandon Mitchell
    Brandon Mitchell 3 days ago

    I wish vsauce still made videos

  • Oh No No
    Oh No No 3 days ago

    2019 😔 I just want him to upload his old type of videos again

  • Triggered Anupa
    Triggered Anupa 3 days ago

    My crush is Quaser, her friend is Blackhole and when she is someone's GF, she's a Blazar.......

  • Cannie
    Cannie 3 days ago

    5:22 Isn't that technically first photo of a black hole?

    • Aquatic Llamas
      Aquatic Llamas Day ago

      Cannie No, there is a black hole in the center but the black hole is not actually visible

  • Olivia Davis
    Olivia Davis 3 days ago

    I’m gonna go eat a not fast airplane.

  • Hoshimaru57
    Hoshimaru57 3 days ago

    Damnit! Is it even worth talking any more? Anything original that can be said about this video likely already has.

  • iforgotwhatiwasdoin
    iforgotwhatiwasdoin 3 days ago

    Brightest thing in the universe is actually my phone screen after I wake up.

  • Murphy Murphy
    Murphy Murphy 3 days ago

    TheXvid recommending this to me in 2014: ✋🏻😕😔
    TheXvid recommending this to me in 2019: 😁🤗🤠👍🏻👌🏻🔥

  • Azzi
    Azzi 3 days ago

    Well at least the point of the video was kinda there throughout the whole thing

  • Tiogár
    Tiogár 3 days ago

    The brightest thing is your phone when you turn it on at 2am

  • Nik Cheeks
    Nik Cheeks 4 days ago

    How did he get those pictures of black holes i thought that the first one was made just now

    OG NICE 4 days ago

    My future


    Yep, My Answer...(“GOD”)...that’s the way I was trained to understand Life, Death, Forever. Great video.

  • Renzo Gaming
    Renzo Gaming 4 days ago

    Why is space vacuum?

  • gomez7270
    gomez7270 5 days ago

    omg the end, i love these

  • Netxepro
    Netxepro 5 days ago

    Discord white theme...

  • Shubham Dhiman
    Shubham Dhiman 5 days ago

    0:43 That transition and the VSauce music though 😂😂

  • Kutluhan Bilgeşah Bayzan

    7:06 Length is equal to 46,6133 Light year.

  • Asjad Ali
    Asjad Ali 6 days ago

    7:03 we photographed this black hole.

  • Universal Gamer 007
    Universal Gamer 007 6 days ago

    he is johnny Galecki

  • Astro Jack
    Astro Jack 6 days ago

    so maybe black holes aren’t as scary as we think

  • Shubham Gupta
    Shubham Gupta 6 days ago +5

    I am waiting for this one
    MICHAEL :- Women are beautiful

    But what is the most beautiful thing in the world .......😂

  • Bob Jones
    Bob Jones 6 days ago +1

    This was always the best Vsauce video

  • African Beauty
    African Beauty 7 days ago

    No the brightest thing is a star is call siruis

    • Brendan Adams
      Brendan Adams 5 days ago

      Sirius A is the brightest star from Earth, but in the entire universe it’s not even close.

  • XxKRItoMoNiCxX
    XxKRItoMoNiCxX 7 days ago

    If something had a greater sucking force than a black hole then can it reverse the what a black hole does? And if it continues sucking will it become something worse than a black hole?!🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

  • Dainelly Espinoza
    Dainelly Espinoza 7 days ago

    we should have a day where we all in the entire world turn off our lights and electricity to be able to see the sky and call it space day

  • Sid
    Sid 7 days ago +7

    7:01 ~ So proud we finally have a picture of that Black Hole c:

  • Muhammad Haider
    Muhammad Haider 7 days ago

    The brightest thing in the universe is your head.

  • KB
    KB 7 days ago +1

    7:09 is the zoomed out picture of the black hole !!

  • NoChillNoCringeMemes

    My future

  • Lucas Soares
    Lucas Soares 8 days ago

    5:13 is it me or does this look like a Yin and Yang?
    edit: I'm a prophet

  • ScrapDraws
    ScrapDraws 8 days ago +3

    Operator: 911 what’s your emergency
    American: uh my family’s scared of the sky

  • Aven Chen
    Aven Chen 8 days ago

    This was posted on my 13th birthday, and honestly gave me chills because I never knew the history behind the Yin&Yang symbol.
    Really cool now that 5 years later we have better telescopes/photographs of Black Holes.

    For those of you who don't want to watch the whole video, I'll post the mind-blowing facts below.

    ~Comparing the brightness/magnitude of our Sun (negative is brighter)~
    The Sun: 4.8
    Brightest Star: -12.6
    Difference: 8.7 Million times brighter than the Sun.

    Quasar/Black Hole: -26.7
    Difference: 4 Trillion times brighter than the Sun/100 Times brighter than the Milky Way.

    Blazar/Black Hole Jet Beam/Brightest thing ever observed: -31.4

    Supernovas: If a light beam hits earth for 10 seconds we're all dead 😂

    Photographs we take of these things are photographs of billions of years ago, because of the amount of time it takes light to travel to earth.
    Most of the black holes we can observe from earth are already dead, all we can do is preserve what they looked like when active through photographs.

    As for the ☯️ symbol, I'm not sure how the Romans came up with it.
    However, I find it amazing that it matches something as ancient as Supernovas.
    I love thinking about how beautiful the sky was on earth back then, with no light pollution and a galaxy full of stars ☀️⭐️🌟✨🌠🎇

  • Joseph bagofcarrots
    Joseph bagofcarrots 8 days ago

    You should do a show on dark matter and how it's disproved on a regular basis with visual evidence and backed with math. One new paper comes out a month on it.

  • Crypto
    Crypto 8 days ago

    My phone screen in the middle of the night.

  • Jack Hayward
    Jack Hayward 9 days ago

    Where does the universe end?

    • Brendan Adams
      Brendan Adams 5 days ago

      Well it doesn’t have a real end that we know of, it’s always expanding at extremely fast speeds. Humanity will probably never discover the entire universe. We only know about a very small portion of it currently.

    TIM RUM 9 days ago

    0:38 - 0:45 changing subject lvl - Vsauce

  • VR Prasad
    VR Prasad 9 days ago

    He explained Kung Fu Panda to connect with the word "bright". Wow.
    Edit: he connected them again

  • Sabeeh Rauf
    Sabeeh Rauf 9 days ago


  • thematrixx81
    thematrixx81 9 days ago

    Does anyone have a link to the picture at 8:49 ?

  • Daniel Whidden
    Daniel Whidden 9 days ago

    *mysterious glowing clouds*

  • maddy barnett
    maddy barnett 9 days ago

    nah your dumb

  • Sterling .-.
    Sterling .-. 9 days ago

    Imagine picking up Vsauce
    Him: hey you looking pretty
    Vsauce: But, *music plays* what if we all don't have looks

  • Morgan Arsenault
    Morgan Arsenault 10 days ago

    You Michael, you are the brightest object in the entire universe.

  • Bridger James
    Bridger James 10 days ago

    Call police on stars 😑

  • Puppy ton
    Puppy ton 10 days ago +1

    My peanut-butter sandwich isn’t a very fast airplane

  • Daniel Terpstra
    Daniel Terpstra 10 days ago


  • Chang Noi
    Chang Noi 10 days ago

    Black Holes Matter.

  • Chang Noi
    Chang Noi 10 days ago

    Yeah well I don't think you're going to find "punily" in the dictionary. It's an extreme adjective that can't be modified into an adverb. Happens all the time though. Unique is another extreme adjective but you hear "uniquely"pretty bigly..

  • Chloe Begin
    Chloe Begin 10 days ago

    His videos honestly scare me sometimes. Like whenever I hear the word “black hole” I get the goosiest of the bumps 😂😂 sorry I’m weird

  • James Mcmanus
    James Mcmanus 10 days ago

    2:50 pause on the time provided, you're welcome

  • Aditya Kumar
    Aditya Kumar 11 days ago

    Every one in the universe know its bender ass. Waste of time.

  • Иво Райков
    Иво Райков 11 days ago

    best vsauce ending

  • trey kearns
    trey kearns 11 days ago

    A septillion times brighter? That's like twice as bright is 200 clip-clop trillion!!

  • Wind Horse
    Wind Horse 11 days ago

    Oh oh oh mr. Carter, mr. Carter !
    I.T is LOVE
    ZERO IN, and then begin...
    To jump into the potal...
    (internet yt xetra)
    Be aware
    She has been
    For some time
    IT is love
    IT is Net
    IT is GAIAs spirit
    Shining through
    Let the
    Golden(ice) age begin...
    And remember...
    Goddesses and gods
    Like a light heart
    A warm part
    In a very good thing
    Drawn to thee
    Tho x has definition
    WE ARE
    I AM !
    Creating a "NEW" station
    Crazy cool and complicated
    But over All
    Sophisticated and liberated.
    Let her show you how
    Without trying
    A path , follow...
    001 01 10

  • Paolo Vitali
    Paolo Vitali 11 days ago

    Oh hi m87, we've just taken a good photo of you ^^

  • LuigiGodzillaGirl
    LuigiGodzillaGirl 11 days ago

    I like to come back to this video every so often. I now come back for 7:02 and our recent groundbreaking look at its black hole!

  • Umer The Clumsy Tube
    Umer The Clumsy Tube 11 days ago

    My diiiiiii-

  • guzzu
    guzzu 12 days ago +16

    you know whats awesome about this video?
    it turns out the Messier 87(Quasar) is a super massive blackhole.

  • omar omar
    omar omar 12 days ago

    give u hint dude.. dnt talk religious if u wanna talk science. that what will give more than 3k of dislikes .

  • Sreelal TS
    Sreelal TS 12 days ago

    Loved this one! This video shares a lot of information!
    Thanks bud 😎✨😍

  • Max
    Max 12 days ago

    I have never seen more then like 30 stars in the sky, to much light where I live

  • Pol Abadia Conejos
    Pol Abadia Conejos 12 days ago +1

    4:09 arent these supermassive black holes? These last days I've been searching things about black holes and i got mindfucked because in the articles they end telling you about quasars and blazars and when i search an image of these, it appears to be the same thing as a black hole. Someone tell me what are quasars, black holes, and gamma ray blasts. Are they the same thing? Or are they different objects that are extremely related?Help

    (Edit): this is also a black hole 7:07 but its also called a elliptical galaxy. Help again

  • Grace Yudha
    Grace Yudha 12 days ago +1

    7:02 came here after the black hole photo were came out

  • Jai Vardhan
    Jai Vardhan 12 days ago +3

    Anyone here after they released the image of black hole?

  • Orvin Tube
    Orvin Tube 12 days ago

    Hey Michael Vsauce here

  • neha sk
    neha sk 12 days ago

    Micheal started the video with something really out of context😂

  • jonbravo2
    jonbravo2 12 days ago

    *puts eye close to lightbulb*

  • Shashwat Pandey
    Shashwat Pandey 12 days ago

    Now we have a picture of the blackhole of this Galaxy M87

    NONVANTE K 12 days ago +1

    You forgot one thing,

  • ShadeDust
    ShadeDust 13 days ago +1

    7:02 We finally got to see that sexy beast naked...

  • Faisal Azizi
    Faisal Azizi 13 days ago +5

    It’s funny how we now have the actual real picture of the black hole in the center of this(7:02) galaxy!!

  • Pew Brad
    Pew Brad 13 days ago

    Now, this makes want to travel at the Speed of Light towards a Black Hole.

  • Bobert Johnson
    Bobert Johnson 13 days ago

    The ending always gives me chills

  • Wel I'm Multi
    Wel I'm Multi 13 days ago

    I love how Michael's intros are completely irrelevant and just he uses them for a transition. Clever

    Edit - JK I just got to the end lmao

  • Robertas Smaguris
    Robertas Smaguris 13 days ago

    I hate this guy.

  • Sascha Gray
    Sascha Gray 14 days ago

    What if when people die and see "a bright light" it's not some tunnel but our "souls" are interdimensional consciousness beings and are seeing Quasars and we enter a black whole to another dimension?!

  • Noah Shively-Blinn
    Noah Shively-Blinn 14 days ago

    Anyone else feel incredibly, incredibly small after watching this?

  • Aaron McGillick
    Aaron McGillick 14 days ago

    Imma need my sun glasses

  • Dan Raskin
    Dan Raskin 14 days ago

    Isn't the brightest thing in the world is Hermione Grainger?

  • RangerEX587 Zuga
    RangerEX587 Zuga 14 days ago

    I was thinking about black holes. If photons don't have mass, and gravity is bassed on how much mass something has, then why is light affected by black holes?

  • Casey The Younger
    Casey The Younger 14 days ago

    Ya know, talking to Michael is like talking to the talking clock from Dont Hug Me I'm Scared.

  • You've outstayed your welcome Bajema

    How can we see black holes if light can't get back from it

  • American Patriot
    American Patriot 15 days ago +5

    What's the brightest thing in the universe?
    Michaels forehead.

  • Tylena
    Tylena 15 days ago

    Achievement Unlocked: Bright as the 3rd Reich

  • 優さん
    優さん 15 days ago

    He will know everything with certainity but not the purpose of life.

  • Muaz Kabir
    Muaz Kabir 15 days ago

    When you realize that you have peed in real life, while in your sleep. 0:47

  • Lion2008 Omba
    Lion2008 Omba 15 days ago

    ur the most brightest thing

  • jaguar warrior
    jaguar warrior 15 days ago

    Is that Simon Whistler?

  • Luel Almonicar
    Luel Almonicar 15 days ago

    Brightest thing in the world is stefan karl's smile

  • Thanos
    Thanos 15 days ago

    Your forehead

  • Борис Василев BG

    The answer is Machel's chicken