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  5 months ago +1089

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    • Devin Collins
      Devin Collins 3 days ago

      But can they use that technology to get images of Joss Fong’s feet?

    • Tom Long
      Tom Long Month ago

      Nope. I'd rather your company withered away, to be honest.

    • level 5000 commander
      level 5000 commander 2 months ago

      1000th like

    • Andy Martinez
      Andy Martinez 3 months ago

      Gif was more disappointing than this TheXvid channel.

    • Chris Hendricks
      Chris Hendricks 4 months ago

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

  • The Unboxing Experience

    Religion, your move next.

  • Devin Collins
    Devin Collins 3 days ago

    Telescope privilege

  • m0 tZz
    m0 tZz 4 days ago


    sonic from the new movie:hold my beer

  • Shiny Shoe
    Shiny Shoe 6 days ago +2

    If we can colonize mars, could we sync our data from earth with a data from mars and see image that we couldn't see before?

    • Dev Upadhyay
      Dev Upadhyay 3 days ago

      For sure. We can even sync data with moon. 3 celestial bodies pointing towards a single celestial body will surely lead to something fascinating and unexpected.
      We just need to wait for like 30-40 years maybe.

  • Suwin Khamchaiwong
    Suwin Khamchaiwong 7 days ago


  • I pee in my sink I'm afraid to come out my room

    So a black hole is a FORCE with (matter or without matter ? ,so now you have to say 4 things ( exist ) without matter ?

    • Dev Upadhyay
      Dev Upadhyay 3 days ago +1

      Nope..its *dark matter*
      Matter because it has its own shape and mass.
      Dark because its so dense that its gravity does not allow even light to pass through.

  • SGTSayz
    SGTSayz 9 days ago

    So in the end, scientists ended up seeing exactly what they wanted to see? 👀

  • pepperoni
    pepperoni 9 days ago

    bruh they couldve just taken a picture of the sky, they wouldve gotten like a million more

  • Harold Hart
    Harold Hart 11 days ago


  • HunterAshz
    HunterAshz 12 days ago

    Because it’s a ripoff of Avengers: Endgame
    Portals scene

  • Sniper 2000
    Sniper 2000 15 days ago

    1.3 mm isn't that low frequency and high wavelength ?

  • awaisis
    awaisis 17 days ago

    i understand scientists want for tools and means. but hundreds of million dollars worth of equipment positioned all across the globe at the hope of capturing an image of a dark hole in far away space seems like something some other very rich ppl want. otherwise no way this much money invested just to keep scientist happy! especially with no immediate benefit to mankind. maybe in a 100 years or so. but still, such a unified effort backed by billions of dollars. i dont see money as soo happy and chirpy running into scientists pockets with glee saying use me up with no immediate financial return yaaaay!
    whats really going on here?

  • freddie patterson
    freddie patterson 18 days ago

    She said that black holes were first conceived "centuries" ago but it was first theoretical conceived in 1917 ans only properly in 1956 so this is wrong

  • Paulius St
    Paulius St 18 days ago

    Anyone could help me find picture from 3:08?

    • Paulius St
      Paulius St 18 days ago

      Spent 20 minutes googling, reverse image searching. Anyone have any idea for at least what the place is?

  • Nana Afia B-A
    Nana Afia B-A 20 days ago

    Is anyone else terrified by this?

  • badbadfull
    badbadfull 22 days ago +1

    5:20 Look at the black hole and blink once every second.

    JVONROCK 23 days ago

    Vox is fantasy, the illusion is what people want to believe. They deliver.

  • Adam Armstrong
    Adam Armstrong 23 days ago

    if the math proved black holes are real then shouldn't the math also say that the speed of light can be broken? if it cant then that would mean a black hole couldn't stop light from escaping right?

  • Francisco Hernandez
    Francisco Hernandez 23 days ago

    Its a miracle that we can see the sun, stars, galaxy's and black-holes when the space is full of junk metal.

  • ScrotNimation
    ScrotNimation 25 days ago

    If light can’t escape black hole that means light is not the fastest it’s actually a hole that is unstable

  • Eric Rogers
    Eric Rogers 26 days ago +1

    Trumps brain? Good video

  • Lup Domnitor
    Lup Domnitor 28 days ago

    I see a black hole every time my husband gets naked in the shower.

  • Harold Hart
    Harold Hart 28 days ago


  • Moses Jordan Reyno
    Moses Jordan Reyno 29 days ago

    There isn't really anything that is infinite.

    HITMAN Month ago +1

    *VOX* is amazing....truly a masterpiece on TheXvid and i love all kind of black hole

  • F Z
    F Z Month ago

    “In the third Tajalli (effulgence) of the Book of Tajalliyat (Book of Effulgences), We have mentioned: “Arts, crafts and sciences uplift the world of being, and are conducive to its exaltation. Knowledge is as wings to man’s life, and a ladder for his ascent. Its acquisition is incumbent upon everyone. The knowledge of such sciences, however, should be acquired as can profit the peoples of the earth, and not those, which begin with words and end with words. Great indeed is the claim of scientists and craftsmen on the peoples of the world. Unto this beareth witness the Mother Book in this conspicuous station.”
    (Baha'u'llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 26)

  • F Z
    F Z Month ago

    Throughout the world of existence it is the same; the smallest created thing proves that there is a creator. For instance, this piece of bread proves that it has a maker.
    Praise be to God! the least change produced in the form of the smallest thing proves the existence of a creator: then can this great universe, which is endless, be self-created and come into existence from the action of matter and the elements? How self-evidently wrong is such a supposition!
    These obvious arguments are adduced for weak souls; but if the inner perception be open, a hundred thousand clear proofs become visible. Thus, when man feels the indwelling spirit, he is in no need of arguments for its existence; but for those who are deprived of the bounty of the spirit, it is necessary to establish external arguments. (Abdu'l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 5)

  • peace hyde
    peace hyde Month ago +2

    I thought flash could move over a quintillion times the speed of light, have I been deceived???
    Flash: my name is Barry Allen, and I am the fastest man alive
    More like the biggest liar alive

  • E A
    E A Month ago

    Black holes are just klingon cloaking technology

  • Haiyō
    Haiyō Month ago +1

    Humanity's first image of a black hole isn't crisp and beautiful like the illustrations or the movie Interstellar. *_It's better._*

    gave me some major goosebumps

  • Laflame
    Laflame Month ago

    Space is so cool

  • RomeroFanboy
    RomeroFanboy Month ago +3


  • Don't subscribe please
    Don't subscribe please Month ago +12

    Light : "Excuse me"
    Black Hole : "I have to stop you right there"

  • Aimbot Kid 21
    Aimbot Kid 21 Month ago

    The image is just the eye of the moon is The Legend Of Zelda

  • Corporate Gunner
    Corporate Gunner Month ago +1

    If only Einstein and Stephen Hawking could see it they would be so happy.

    • Dropkicks of the Murphys
      Dropkicks of the Murphys Month ago

      If there ever were a time to hope religion is right, now is that time. To hope that they got there, and could watch us progress through the future. And even though it almost certainly isn't, despite being humble men in regards to their intelligence, I think it's safe to say that they knew what they were doing. People find them "overrated," but they aren't. There's a reason for it. I'm sure they knew they were right.

  • Arif Abdullah
    Arif Abdullah Month ago

    At 5:30 is black hole is sphere shape?

  • MisterWessells
    MisterWessells Month ago

    what about a pic of earth smh

  • Up-a-Creek
    Up-a-Creek Month ago

    Is this really "real"... or just an elaborate hoax to gain more funding and to prove a theory... I could have made the same image in PhotoShop for less then half (LOL) of what they spent... 😉

  • Uriah
    Uriah Month ago

    It’s so sad that this discovery became a meme

  • PringlesTheGoose
    PringlesTheGoose Month ago +1

    basiclly, we can assume we just had sow internet on our devices before so our pictures couldnt really capture the blackhole

  • PringlesTheGoose
    PringlesTheGoose Month ago +1


  • Enrique Diaz
    Enrique Diaz Month ago

    5.3 million intellectuals saw this letsss bringgg that number up and get more people interested in the future of science and mathematics!

  • Valen
    Valen Month ago +1

    What if black holes are portals to go to a different reality?

  • Carrot Cake
    Carrot Cake Month ago +3

    so that is how a android camera works intresting

  • Frank Helms
    Frank Helms Month ago

    The published image, be it simple or composite, while interesting in and of itself, does not provide any real illumination into the nature of the portrayed object. For decades astronomers sponsored by supposed institutions of "higher" learning, have denied Halton Arp his due for properly interpreting quasar images, which point out the ignorance of said "experts" for failing to understand the basic physics of red shift. Many still interpret size of red shift as being directly connected to interstellar distance from Earth. I deny main stream astronomy's expertise in any knowledge of basic science.

  • adamd2698
    adamd2698 Month ago

    Vox, please do a separate video on Katie Bouman, the post-doctorate fellow who created the algorithm that was able to produce this photo from the data. Please give credit to the women in STEM that made this possible.

  • Josh S-TV
    Josh S-TV Month ago


  • 108 Hugh
    108 Hugh Month ago

    black hole is reason why physics exist. if black hole doesn't exits, nothing will exist

  • James Murray
    James Murray Month ago

    Those are not telescopes.

  • S Coleman
    S Coleman Month ago

    I heard you can’t see a black hole bcos light is trapped within it by its massive gravity. So how was a pic taken?

  • AP Uppet
    AP Uppet Month ago


  • Mad Cat
    Mad Cat Month ago

    God created everything.

  • Brandon Stennett
    Brandon Stennett Month ago

    Hey ,favor could you guys explain the NO BAIL SWEDEN SITUATION ? would help us ASAP.

  • Snow Man
    Snow Man Month ago

    It looks less scary than I imagined.

  • Liam Turner
    Liam Turner Month ago

    Brain ache

  • friskmint d
    friskmint d Month ago

    Nothing moves faster than light *That we know of*

  • Angel Liang
    Angel Liang Month ago +4

    When we first saw this picture on the news, my classmate said, “it’s blurry” 😂😂😂


    those google maps maneuvering bro, them controls,, how you do that

    TANAY_S_PATEL Month ago

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

    • Mac n Sleaze
      Mac n Sleaze Month ago

      I can't remember the name of the video, but there's a pretty interesting video on here about how NASA colours their images, the originals are more black and white to start with

    • Mac n Sleaze
      Mac n Sleaze Month ago

      I think it's because of the digital image processing, like photoshop, where they add a colour filter that best corresponds to a particular wavelength; then after stacking all of the different colour filters it produces an image like this