What's The Brightest Thing In the Universe?

  • Published on Feb 3, 2014
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Comments • 25 557

  • Jess af
    Jess af 14 hours ago

    The brightest thing in the universe: when you wake up in the middle of the night and check your phone.

  • Madison Buckley
    Madison Buckley 16 hours ago

    So, Absolute Magnitude is like Absolute Value, but with brightness? Did I get it right?

  • Elijah Turner
    Elijah Turner 16 hours ago

    How is my mixtape not in this video???? Because that shit fire af.

  • Jaryd Bray
    Jaryd Bray 19 hours ago

    Yup that's bright but have you seen the person who's reading this comment's future is

  • CMcGfan
    CMcGfan 20 hours ago

    Cant tell you how great this is!

  • Lumine
    Lumine 21 hour ago

    There is something wrong with my phone... That title is in Norwegian... WHYYYY???

  • LZ Strikez
    LZ Strikez Day ago +1

    I thought VY Canis Majoris was the largest star...

  • Nickoli Lion
    Nickoli Lion Day ago

    It's frankly depressing that the light of our cities are keeping billions of people from seeing the true night sky that all humans experienced for millennia before Industrialization.

  • MHM Bigarab
    MHM Bigarab 2 days ago


  • Djentleman 2228
    Djentleman 2228 2 days ago

    Definitely not hoodrats

  • Aputsiaq Lennert
    Aputsiaq Lennert 2 days ago

    The biggest is uy scut

  • Charley Hibschweiler
    Charley Hibschweiler 2 days ago +1

    My sense of humor is 99 septillion times darker than everything mentioned in the video combined

  • MiaER1
    MiaER1 2 days ago

    Your smile

  • Sqooshy
    Sqooshy 3 days ago

    11:37 holy shit i was right

  • Sqooshy
    Sqooshy 3 days ago

    look ying and yang

  • Srikar Kavuri
    Srikar Kavuri 4 days ago

    ooohhh no im freaaaking out!!!!! im shivering!! but i enjoyed the coldest and darkest and sexiest facts like yin and yang are related to cosmos!!!Spookyyy!

  • Insolentish
    Insolentish 4 days ago

    Bright idea.... Biggest thing on the universe... Terrible segue

  • ghostdasquarian
    ghostdasquarian 5 days ago +1

    My dick

  • Shivam Naik
    Shivam Naik 5 days ago

    My future. Just joking, more comparative to a black hole

  • Nigel Depledge
    Nigel Depledge 5 days ago

    Um.... What about the cosmic microwave background? Isn't that the leftover light from the big bang?

  • The Only Blue Corn Scone

    WR104 probably has already exploded, or do gamma ray waves move faster than visible light waves?

    • The Viewer
      The Viewer 5 days ago

      All light moves at the same speed through a vacuum.

  • masterimbecile
    masterimbecile 6 days ago

    Imma firin ma lazar

  • Wow I’m a Meme
    Wow I’m a Meme 6 days ago

    The high beams on my dad’s truck is brighter

  • Valerie vally
    Valerie vally 6 days ago

    What happens if the black holes in the universe collided

  • Jaekle T. Wackle
    Jaekle T. Wackle 6 days ago

    Your smile (':

  • NightCrusher76
    NightCrusher76 6 days ago


  • Charl
    Charl 6 days ago +3

    4:39 Stop insulting my peanut butter sandwich!

  • Jacob Roberts
    Jacob Roberts 6 days ago

    the brightest thing in the unifers, *my future*

  • Casper Lindberg
    Casper Lindberg 6 days ago

    When your mom turns on the lights in your room in the morning.

  • Erik Akerboom
    Erik Akerboom 7 days ago

    you are the brightest thing :D

  • beestboii69
    beestboii69 7 days ago

    Whats the darkest thing in the universe that we know of

  • Nikku4211
    Nikku4211 7 days ago

    That's got to be some funky stars, amirite?

  • Leon Hill
    Leon Hill 8 days ago

    At first I read it as "What's the biggest thing in the universe?" That's 'my' riddle! LOL What is the biggest thing in the universe? It can be bigger than the universe but always fits inside it.

  • Anime
    Anime 9 days ago

    dont sit to close to the tv.

  • [TP] Team Pixel
    [TP] Team Pixel 9 days ago

    Is it only me or is the title Norwegian

  • Law Son
    Law Son 9 days ago +1

    Calling dark matter ‘not bright’ is like calling your peanut butter sandwich ‘a not very fast aeroplane’.

  • Kezro
    Kezro 10 days ago

    that’s a bright idea
    *lmao imagine the brightest thing on earth*

  • cjlsharkyYT
    cjlsharkyYT 10 days ago

    Ever just look into a light bulb and then think this video fake 😂😂😂

  • saltydonkeys
    saltydonkeys 10 days ago +2

    My god damn skin

  • Josmar Ruben Bodan
    Josmar Ruben Bodan 10 days ago

    that's easy, Bender's butt.

  • Noel2222
    Noel2222 10 days ago

    4:38 I honestly thought my peanut butter sandwich was a fast airplane what do you mean

  • zed abigali
    zed abigali 10 days ago

    It probably my crush

  • Joshua Pointer
    Joshua Pointer 10 days ago

    0:45 best transition ever

  • TerrinTheTerrible
    TerrinTheTerrible 11 days ago

    So all galaxies are technically super-massive quasars

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  • Theodd1sout DilanGeiger

    11:25 has the yin yang

  • яεмιlια
    яεмιlια 11 days ago

    My future

  • B.J. Hubbard
    B.J. Hubbard 12 days ago

    256. the most massive weve found.
    coincidence? ya lol

  • One shot
    One shot 12 days ago

    This is why space scares the fuck out of me

  • The Galaxy
    The Galaxy 12 days ago

    Ya know what else is dark...

    My search history

  • Jay Castor
    Jay Castor 13 days ago

    Greatest Segway of all time. Yin and Yang is cool, therefore look how bright the universe is 😂

  • Walmart Jin
    Walmart Jin 13 days ago

    Ah!, well I’ve only seen stars in real life once like does LA people...I was in like country side you can say where we have to drive a few miles or a bit shorter to get to any one else’s house. It was truly a beautiful thing...

  • Phoenix Hartley
    Phoenix Hartley 13 days ago +2

    Only Vsauce can go from talking about the history of yin yang to the brightest thing in the universe spontaneously

  • jake from state farm
    jake from state farm 13 days ago

    31.4? Sounds delicious....like pie.

  • Taco Cat
    Taco Cat 13 days ago

    The brightest thing ever: phone screens

  • Führer des Benutzers
    Führer des Benutzers 13 days ago

    So let me see if I understood.. The darkest thing in the universe, can create the brightest thing in the universe?

    KENxKOZE 13 days ago

    They keep saying the lights are “quasars” and “blazars” when we really know it’s just goku going Ssb

  • FrancisVids YT
    FrancisVids YT 13 days ago

    the brightest thing in the universe is this guy.

  • Serbia's Animations and Gameplay

    Man's not bright.
    The ting go *D A R K*

  • James Lefler
    James Lefler 14 days ago

    Its those girls with 12 highlighters

  • Joseph Willison
    Joseph Willison 14 days ago

    How many phd’s do you have or did you copy this from google

  • Mustafa Rehan
    Mustafa Rehan 14 days ago

    If he said that the Andromeda is about 3 billion light years away, and it looks so small right now so it light that emmited 3 billion light years ago is now reaching the earth, so in reality Andromeda might be a lot closer than it seems. So it may not take that long to collide with the milky way?

    THE EPIC BOSS 15 days ago


  • Boy O
    Boy O 15 days ago

    Mah wee wee

  • bluestreak045
    bluestreak045 15 days ago

    What’s the brightest thing in the universe?

    The person reading this

  • Gau
    Gau 15 days ago

    When i was 4 years old, my mum let me stay up to celebrate new year's eve. I looked at the sky and boom 10:37. Unforgettable

  • Voids
    Voids 15 days ago +1

    The Sun

  • Mayssam Qais
    Mayssam Qais 16 days ago

    You know what's the brightest thing in the universe? Not the future of humanity, that's for sure.

  • Sour Ball
    Sour Ball 16 days ago

    Bad pun at 0:41

  • Olivia
    Olivia 16 days ago

    Uhh this might be one of my favourite vsauce videos

  • MD Al Amin
    MD Al Amin 16 days ago

    Well, how Andromeda could collide with our own Galaxy? Our closest neighbor Galaxy is 2.5 million light-years away! That means, what we see now is 2.5 million years past. Do we really know exactly where or how far the Andromeda Galaxy is?

  • Drew Patrick
    Drew Patrick 16 days ago

    Wesley Snipe's smile

  • Drum Stick
    Drum Stick 16 days ago

    When a character from a cartoon drops his pants

  • Baz Doppleganger
    Baz Doppleganger 16 days ago

    i'm having existential crises since you said the trail in that photo was as long as the sun to pluto and back 1.5 million or so times over... cheers

  • Harvard
    Harvard 17 days ago

    5:14 hmmmmmmm familiar...

  • Alex
    Alex 17 days ago +3

    ur smile

  • Firepool - LightClan
    Firepool - LightClan 18 days ago

    I get it, I get it... My son isn't that bright

  • the ref
    the ref 18 days ago

    how can many black holes consume a thousand stars per year, when stars are lightyears apart. take the sun and proxima centauri for example. they are 4 lightyears apart, and for a blackhole to travel from one to another in a day. which they have to do if are gonna consume 1000 days 65 days. that would mean that black holes would travel thousand of times faster than the speed of light? which is impossible.

  • Timothy Lee
    Timothy Lee 18 days ago

    This video is awesome

  • Jhon Christopher Merciadez

    wanna see one?
    step 1:wake up on the morning
    step 2:go outside
    step 3:look on the sky or sun
    AND BOOM! your eyes will burn

  • danny naranjo
    danny naranjo 19 days ago

    I’m scared idk why

  • Montana Steele
    Montana Steele 19 days ago

    Micheal make me cum on the floor

  • Yasser Pundaodaya
    Yasser Pundaodaya 20 days ago

    I've actually seen the sky like in 10:25. Too many to count actually. We have a home in a province, and electricity doesn't always work there. I would just lay on the grass and chill. It's beautiful.

  • Brian Smith
    Brian Smith 20 days ago

    OMG! Black holes have never been seen. Its a myth. I have had physics professors tell me they are mathematically proveable but there is 0 evidence of it. They base all of it off a theory. Sounds like insanity to me.

    • Brian Smith
      Brian Smith 17 days ago

      +Andre69 well, go ask college professors and ask them about the proof. Just like i did. Once yoh start getting deep enough theg will all tell you its a theory. Theorys have no proof yet. You are the one looking stupid. Until you can provide me solid proof of the existence then you are a fool just like the rest and have no reason to be talking. I dare you. Go ask college professors. Dont just take my word for it.

    • Andre69
      Andre69 17 days ago

      +Brian Smith 0 iq lul

    • Brian Smith
      Brian Smith 17 days ago

      +Andre69 that is false. The reason i know this is cause no one even knows what they look like. 1. Black holes are completely illogical. I dont believe in all that bs. 2. Scientists cant agree on what black holes look like. Some sat they are an invisible void in space. Others say they look like a star with all the material burning up arround them from the extreme speed at which everthibg is swirling arround in side them. They dont know dont let these fool decieve you. They are lying. That i can prove but since i see you alredy have your mind made up you wouldnt listen even if i showed you.

    • Andre69
      Andre69 17 days ago

      did you know that the first picture of a black hole is being processed right now

  • Michael Kane
    Michael Kane 20 days ago

    I know this is a older video but UY Scuti is the biggest star ever found.

    • Andre69
      Andre69 17 days ago

      r136a1 is the most massive star but uy scuti is the biggest

    • F. Teixeira
      F. Teixeira 18 days ago

      thats a exploded star i think

  • Ackelope
    Ackelope 20 days ago

    Anyone know the name of the song that plays through the outro to the end of the video?

  • Andreas xD
    Andreas xD 20 days ago

    When you go to the beach and a very white boy is there... -billion

  • Tech buster
    Tech buster 20 days ago

    What about Pulsars?

  • •Mr.Intergalactictrashpanda •

    I love how surreal and mind bending these videos are

  • Joe Brown
    Joe Brown 21 day ago

    Damn what an intro 😂

  • Kate Rider
    Kate Rider 21 day ago


  • Omar Xhelo
    Omar Xhelo 21 day ago

    My short answer: White! :D

  • Zimmit's Fabulous Wonder Hoagies

    Damn...now I'm hungry for some slow airplanes and J, I don't know bout you.

  • Zimmit's Fabulous Wonder Hoagies

    I drive my Chevy Blazar around town. No word yet on whether I light up the universe.

  • Zimmit's Fabulous Wonder Hoagies

    Quasars right? Yeah I member school. Ok I'm gonna actually watch the video now. Also, the thumbnail looks like a what I know a quasar supposedly looks like. Then again there's always a chance I'm farting out my mouth.
    Well turns out I'm not wrong.

  • Lavourrin
    Lavourrin 21 day ago

    Ok, but how bright can a thing get? Is there a limit to brightness? Just like the absolute 0 is lower limit of temperature?

  • Bader Aziz
    Bader Aziz 21 day ago

    His segways should me memed

  • LobsterRoast
    LobsterRoast 22 days ago

    is it bad that i live in a suburban area and i can see less stars than an inner city apparently

  • Nicholas Johns
    Nicholas Johns 22 days ago

    Ur phone at 2 am is the brightest thing in the universe