Why this black hole photo is such a big deal

  • Published on Apr 10, 2019
  • What it took to collect these 54-million-year-old photons from a supermassive black hole.
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    This is an updated version of a video we published in 2016 about the Event Horizon Telescope, an international collaboration to image a black hole for the first time in human history.
    On April 10, 2019, the team announced their results: They had successfully imaged the supermassive black hole in the center of the galaxy m87, which is nearly 54 million light-years away from us. They were able to achieve unprecedented resolution using very long baseline interferometry, which combines the observations of multiple radio telescopes across the globe.
    The team wanted to find out whether Einstein's Theory of General Relativity holds up in the extreme environment of black holes, and the results do, in fact, seem to be consistent with the predictions. In the future, we may see more and shaper images of black holes as the team targets smaller wavelengths of light and recruits more telescopes. Eventually, they may include an orbiting space telescope.
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  • Vox
    Vox  3 months ago +1015

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    • level 5000 commander
      level 5000 commander 12 days ago

      1000th like

    • Andy Martinez
      Andy Martinez Month ago

      Gif was more disappointing than this TheXvid channel.

    • Chris Hendricks
      Chris Hendricks 2 months ago

      *why did you presumed we have 7secs attention span?* 🤣

    • cairo
      cairo 3 months ago

      Really great script, and narration Joss, you have a talent. :)

    • Èlia Gàmiz
      Èlia Gàmiz 3 months ago

      @Brett MacnChee go suck pewdipie's lasagna

    TANAY_S_PATEL Day ago

    1.3 mm wavelength is not visible to human eye than how the image is colorful?

  • Monde Mamon
    Monde Mamon Day ago

    Daft Punk songs is what gets into my mind.

  • zeKe
    zeKe 2 days ago

    The speed of light is a constant, not a limit.

  • Drunk Pewdiepie OwO
    Drunk Pewdiepie OwO 3 days ago

    Why are these people looking at the OWO face?

  • swagz65
    swagz65 3 days ago

    this was a show that showed on a tv channel

  • ianxboss
    ianxboss 3 days ago

    I didn't know that black holes had penises 2:40

  • LovelyLoli
    LovelyLoli 4 days ago

    *Can we get an Amen for Stephen Hawkings?*

  • akash jena
    akash jena 4 days ago

    So basically an illustration based on data points

  • jhaz89
    jhaz89 4 days ago

    Only legit if I can see it in 4k at 120 fps with less than 70 ping. 54 million light years might cause some lag.

  • Pablo Pulido
    Pablo Pulido 5 days ago

    We need to put a telescope on the edge of our galaxy and transmit them back here.

  • Pablo Pulido
    Pablo Pulido 5 days ago +2

    We still don’t really know what it looks like. There could be different shaped black holes for all we know

  • Cute Krishna
    Cute Krishna 6 days ago

    Good place to dump our Waste 🙂

  • Big 1 Nick
    Big 1 Nick 6 days ago

    “Nothing goes faster than light”
    Cameras: well I took a picture of a black hole 54 million light years away

  • I add irrelevant comments to videos

    Bruh, point 2 cameras at the black hole, 1 for photos and the other 1 for videos.

  • Beanmachine91
    Beanmachine91 8 days ago +1

    the center of every galaxy is a black hole, or is it?

    • Beanmachine91
      Beanmachine91 5 days ago

      i heard some shoot out beams of light, like a death ray lol @dominic

    • dominic
      dominic 5 days ago +1


  • Aravind Reddy K
    Aravind Reddy K 9 days ago

    Ask Tony stark he might have a picture Already..

  • Captain America
    Captain America 10 days ago

    What happened to the dude that normally narrates these vox videos?

  • deathstar94
    deathstar94 10 days ago

    What if a black hole is a worm hole that leads somewhere, would explain why it's so far away from us, maybe we weren't ment to find it

  • Phantoms Animations
    Phantoms Animations 11 days ago

    The thumbnail black hole looks like an eye!

  • lord beerus
    lord beerus 12 days ago

    everything about universe is scary and awesome at same time......

  • BAMF
    BAMF 13 days ago +1

    wow 20 years of work. This probably the most time spent on making a meme i have known.

  • HongKong ball
    HongKong ball 15 days ago

    all i see is a donut

  • As If Aye Mate
    As If Aye Mate 15 days ago

    What if a black hole is really just a black planet where Africans live ?

  • As If Aye Mate
    As If Aye Mate 15 days ago +1

    For all we know that image that was taken could've captured something that has happened millions of years ago.

  • Pagong27Gaming
    Pagong27Gaming 16 days ago +1

    I'm going to nickname this image as "The Blurry Black Hole Image."

  • Name
    Name 16 days ago

    Inside the black hole is our system administrator

  • ahsan iqbal
    ahsan iqbal 18 days ago

    It's a kid's doing and
    adults just came up with the big idea

  • s s
    s s 18 days ago

    Photoshop black hole,there is no black hole

  • Master Gamer
    Master Gamer 21 day ago

    Born to early to see the end of memes born just right to see the blackhole

  • Caroline Kessler
    Caroline Kessler 22 days ago

    I just don’t understand space

  • Roman Kondrachov
    Roman Kondrachov 24 days ago +2

    Extraordinary stuff!

  • Khairul Nizam
    Khairul Nizam 26 days ago

    5.30...is that is the first picture of black hole..then all other photos of black hole was just a fabrication of a graphic representation of a black hole...lol

  • tyler mack the game child

    Imagine if we were in that computer

  • Astronuat Izzy
    Astronuat Izzy 27 days ago

    I-ts s-so beautiful 😭 Such a discovery can blow your mind Sniff*

  • Chi Pa Pa
    Chi Pa Pa 28 days ago

    No matter how far the black hole is in the center of our galaxy, it is slowly pulling everything around it. Our solar system will one day far far into the future be sucked into it.

    • Chi Pa Pa
      Chi Pa Pa 13 days ago

      @CryoToast Unless humans colonize other planets. There are already plans being made for Mars.

    • CryoToast
      CryoToast 16 days ago +1

      Well, our sun will explode before that, and humans will have been extinct for billions of years

  • sportster306
    sportster306 Month ago +2

    4 seconds in and they can’t stay away from the word privileged 🙃 shocking

  • ChristianTRP
    ChristianTRP Month ago

    Ugh I can’t even take a picture of a star.
    But wait, if nothing can go faster than light, how does light get stuck and can’t escape?!

  • digitalsonder
    digitalsonder Month ago

    Scientists: We finally took a picture of a black hole!! This changes everything
    Internet: UwuU!!! We presSent to u,,,, black hole chan!!! >3< !!!

  • Ryk Son
    Ryk Son Month ago

    Yet the nasa data was lost

  • The Word Forever
    The Word Forever Month ago

    "If one conceives of religion and science according to these definitions then a conflict between them appears impossible. For science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be..." - Albert Einstien (theist)

  • Scotty Storm
    Scotty Storm Month ago +2

    It is not a photo it is made up BS.

    • Sassa M
      Sassa M 13 days ago

      Scotty Storm Explain.

  • Bernardo Ortiz
    Bernardo Ortiz Month ago +2

    This is fake, astronauts threw an android from the moon with a slingshot and took a picture

    • Sassa M
      Sassa M 13 days ago

      Bernardo Ortiz Explain how that would create such an image

  • iTzRemo
    iTzRemo Month ago +1

    its not real

  • The Gooberment-Sucks
    The Gooberment-Sucks Month ago +2

    Turns out it was debris on the lens

  • Depressed Cat
    Depressed Cat Month ago

    Vox:WhY ThiS BlaCk hOLe pHOto iS sUcH a BiG DeAL

  • Goldenboy 214
    Goldenboy 214 Month ago

    The black holes imo are portals acting as a revolving door between the spirit world and natural world. Like the looney toon sign when a cartoon reacts with the real world.

  • Penny29
    Penny29 Month ago +3

    it looks like a donut

  • Galimah
    Galimah Month ago

    the only other feat by humans that comes close to this is the game X-com: UFO Defense

  • Kpshyamala Palanippandi

    Who else is scrolling through the comments

  • Momchil Andonov
    Momchil Andonov Month ago

    THIS IS NOT A PICTURE OF A BLACK HOLE! If this was a picture it would've been taken with an optical telescope like Hubble yet it was take via multiple radiotelescopes thus it's an image! Also I wouldn't call it an image of a black hole either for one simple reason - you cannot see a black hole by definition but you can see an Event Horizon and the scientists made an image of it :).

  • Greg Smith
    Greg Smith Month ago +1

    How do you "know" it's a black hole? You don't! No one does. But some INTERPRET it as one. Some people WANT it to be a black hole. Even though black holes are only hypothetical, mathematical constructs. Think for yourself for a change.

    • Bugler55
      Bugler55 Month ago

      @XY ZW No, but the theory for why we stick to the ground is equally applicable for black holes.

    • Bugler55
      Bugler55 Month ago

      What do you mean hypothetical? I mean is gravity merely a mathematical construct? All these things are just mathematical theories supported by empirical evidence. Could there be another reason we stick to the ground? Certainly, but this is the best theory I've heard.

  • Syon Cheung
    Syon Cheung Month ago

    Orange space donut

  • Tinashe Masoka
    Tinashe Masoka 2 months ago +4

    You didn't explain why it's a big deal, ya you make it clear that It was very hard but why the hell does this image matter

    • Tinashe Masoka
      Tinashe Masoka 9 days ago

      Proving theories is nice and all but the point of the video was to explain why know the image of a black hole is such a big deal. The way I see it didn't fulfill its purpose which to explain why the image was such a big deal

  • TwiSteD Cringe
    TwiSteD Cringe 2 months ago +11

    *When u are the most powerful being in the space but people makes memes on u*

    *Cries in Space*

  • fat cunt
    fat cunt 2 months ago +1

    Guys... that's me in the womb

  • noob now
    noob now 2 months ago

    I don’t like the line “that’s coming towards us”

  • Dark MaesterTM
    Dark MaesterTM 2 months ago

    1987 : we will travel faster than light
    2019 : Oh finally got a pic of a black hole

    SCRUFFS BEATZ 2 months ago

    "so thats why it's real" lmao he just said they used a computer, aka CGI computer generated muthafuken image...

    • SeeingFyre
      SeeingFyre 2 months ago +1

      I mean hey we could just literally wait many more years just to take a picture of a black hole in person and setting humanity behind a 1000 years because we have to disprove the claims of the conspiracy theorists.

    SCRUFFS BEATZ 2 months ago

    I can't believe you guys believe this bullshit

    • Sassa M
      Sassa M 13 days ago

      SCRUFFS BEATZ Explain why you don’t.

  • Bernard van Tonder
    Bernard van Tonder 2 months ago +1

    "At the centre of the black hole is a singularity. A point of infinite density."
    Really? How do you know it's infinitely dense? Isn't it possible that it's finitely dense but beyond our measurement capabilities?

    • Bugler55
      Bugler55 Month ago +1

      No, because the mass keeps accelerating inwards. If it's finitely dense as in your view, what's in the pinpoint center?

  • Flying Dude
    Flying Dude 2 months ago

    For me at least 20% of the deal is how cute Katie Bouman is. Like that picture of Margaret Hamilton besides her pile of code.

  • Da Jerry
    Da Jerry 2 months ago

    In 19st
    People: the black hole is black remember kids
    People:Omfg lets make meme about da reel black hole

  • dylan storm trooper der

    it could be anything except nothing :)-nothing

  • Prophet YouTube
    Prophet YouTube 2 months ago

    I got in a black hole last night, was gooood!

  • O .W
    O .W 2 months ago

    Black holes are just black as no one bothered to turn the light on.

  • Yoshi_Dino_Kiddo
    Yoshi_Dino_Kiddo 2 months ago

    If only mr hawking was still alive.

  • Fajar Setiawan
    Fajar Setiawan 2 months ago +1

    I can imagine many physicist nerds around the world are crying in joy.....

  • buzi vagy
    buzi vagy 2 months ago

    *thought that its a donut but ok*

  • Cuddles the Cat
    Cuddles the Cat 2 months ago

    Astronomers: *puts different satellites so they can dance simultaneously so they can take a picture from a super long distance away*
    Gamers: It looks like the eye of an OwO face.
    Memers: Let’s just “fix” it.
    Astronomers: _do we have to travel to a black hole now?_

  • Zeitgeist X
    Zeitgeist X 2 months ago +2

    Vox like most lazy press outfits was too lazy to explain how we never took a photo of a black hole at all and that image is computer generated based on a algorithm from the data they were able to gather from slices of the object they were able to image. Vox couldve explained that their actual paper literally presents several possible models of the object based on their algorithm. But why not click bait like everywhere else.

  • Spencer Panes
    Spencer Panes 2 months ago +1

    Einstein is still being glorified every astounding discoveries in space that involves his own discoveries! Genius level infinite...

  • Sorryごめんなさい

    *my science teacher when she heard we finally got a picture of a place hole*

  • Miau Works
    Miau Works 2 months ago

    So, Nolan's version kinda correct?

  • hwv455
    hwv455 2 months ago

    "Nothing travels faster than the speed of light"...........But a Black hole does exactly that!..."Light cannot escape a Black hole".

  • Sweet_ kookie
    Sweet_ kookie 2 months ago

    I have a question!!
    I've read that there are many black holes in our galaxy which is the Milky way. Why did they need to capture it from different galaxy if there is a black hole in the Milky way?
    I'm just curious😁

    • Sweet_ kookie
      Sweet_ kookie 2 months ago

      @Flying Dude ohhh😮😮 thanks

    • Flying Dude
      Flying Dude 2 months ago +1

      Because none of the black holes in the Milky Way are large enough to be captured. The M87 galaxy, and its central black hole, are monsters compared to the Milky Way and its central black hole (Sagittarius*).

  • Jus Les
    Jus Les 2 months ago

    All this years ive been looking at illustrations!What else is an illustration, the moon!

  • Aman Panda
    Aman Panda 2 months ago +3

    So Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity which he formulated almost a century ago holds true today. How can you not like this or be amazed or marvel at this breakthrough

  • MrBorey YT
    MrBorey YT 2 months ago

    Why dont just take the image of the black hole in our galaxy

  • lz factz
    lz factz 2 months ago

    this is just a photoshop, you can not see radio waves. it is not real image, it is simulation representation of real object

    • neferpitous
      neferpitous 2 months ago +2

      lz factz you’re right in that humans can’t see radio waves with the naked eye, however radio waves are just a higher frequency ( smaller wavelength ) form of the light that we can see on the visible spectrum, they’re just as real. Similar to infrared cameras, these satellites help our eyes ‘see’ the black hole by interpreting the information ( energy ) around it and forming an image we can understand. Would you consider the image from infrared cameras a simulation?

  • Rich Warega
    Rich Warega 2 months ago

    The next big thing in physics will be interstellar travel.. there must be a way to travel at light speed.. hope i get to see it in my life time

    • Flying Dude
      Flying Dude 2 months ago

      Not going to happen, but we'll probably see the first man on Mars, and a lot of cool AI :)

  • Ramon White
    Ramon White 2 months ago

    I still think the black whole is a wrap. I think it can wrap you to other parts of space. The Universe is a big place. I call it the Ramon Theory

  • yakub natal
    yakub natal 2 months ago

    Now everyone makes a joke of the photo because of the name

  • Mike
    Mike 2 months ago

    This is the first time in History we see a relativistic object. What we see is space and time distorted image. Our brain has not evoluted to see these things, and most of us do not understand what is seeing.

  • Javier
    Javier 2 months ago +2

    I am just the right amount of high for this

  • Daniel Geoffrion
    Daniel Geoffrion 2 months ago +2

    That picture is not a big deal at all. Infact, all it is is someone's imagination. Main stream science today is just a false religion sending the populist to hell because of thier worship of it. It blows my mind how asleep everyone is. And here I am on vox's propaganda youtube channel. Bleh

  • Amber Ambwee
    Amber Ambwee 2 months ago

    Black hole: *makes pac man eating motions*

  • Queston
    Queston 2 months ago +1

    1:01 there actually is, look it up

  • ConnorWaddell
    ConnorWaddell 2 months ago +1

    Vox you forgot to mention Trump

  • Tong Nguyen
    Tong Nguyen 2 months ago


  • GobermouchDoggo
    GobermouchDoggo 2 months ago +2

    You can't take a picture of a black hole

  • The Hero No One Gives A Shit About

    Those things you observed is just Goku being super sain.

  • Denise Nova
    Denise Nova 2 months ago

    Uh baby don‘t you know I suffer...

  • Donald H Lebert
    Donald H Lebert 2 months ago

    Two things I would like to point out 1)Isn't this the very definition of the paradox that some have described as could God create an object(a rock) heavier than what He could lift? 2)The fact that the force that a black hole creates is greater than the speed of light would by definition be a faster than light situation, because it traps light and pulls it in. Just a thought a theory

  • MILO gonEmad
    MILO gonEmad 2 months ago

    I bet all the scientist quaking out their boots!

  • MilkTea
    MilkTea 2 months ago

    Short answer: Because it's a HUGE step forward in technology and humanity.
    Long answer: well let's break this down-

  • heikki k
    heikki k 2 months ago

    Earth is flat

  • Fishy Swords
    Fishy Swords 2 months ago

    it's like it's a space monsters red eye and he's on his way. XD

  • Sima
    Sima 2 months ago +2

    imagine being an ant and knowing this

  • Volkan Yi
    Volkan Yi 2 months ago +1

    Its just the Stop Light of GTR..

    • south
      south 2 months ago

      Mine GT-R brake light is rectangular.