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  10 days ago +909

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    • cairo
      cairo 3 days ago

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

    • Èlia Gàmiz
      Èlia Gàmiz 3 days ago

      +Brett MacnChee go suck pewdipie's lasagna

    • Tina Rhodes
      Tina Rhodes 3 days ago

      There's something round in black in side of it

    • Tina Rhodes
      Tina Rhodes 3 days ago

      When you take your camera point it at the sun

    • Tina Rhodes
      Tina Rhodes 3 days ago

      I think a black hole is in the sun

  • crankcall2u
    crankcall2u Day ago

    Black hoe

  • Bob Brown
    Bob Brown Day ago

    So what they are really saying it that they captured 100s of years' old light from a bunch of different frequencies and locations from things being swallowed up by the black hole and all the data corralated in the image proving the outline " not the still invisible point" exists. But still, turning a theory into a measurable fact.

  • rollercoaster55
    rollercoaster55 Day ago

    This video utterly failed to properly explain what we're looking at. That picture is NOT a picture or image of a black hole! This video gets a D- for explaining science.
    "They...worked for months to generate the image that _best represents_ the data." In other words, this is NOT a picture of a black hole (because of course that would be impossible with today's technology). It is instead a graph of what a bunch of mathematicians THINK a black hole looks like based on the computer models they created which are full of assumptions about the data.

  • Jace Harbison
    Jace Harbison Day ago

    That's not the full black hole, if you were an honest new outlet you would have shown the not zoomed in image to show that the image was very detailed and clear rather than showing the one bad part

  • justin morgan
    justin morgan Day ago

    No barionic matter can’t travel faster. But ok

  • Ninja Xhyper
    Ninja Xhyper Day ago

    Its just a donut thats blurred to make people think its a blackhole

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    Black Hole:The Universe's Dumpsite which provides the Evidence of INTELLIGENT DESIGN !!!

  • pujarani Maharana

    The real information of black hole in this linkwww.lookchup.com/read-blog/850931

  • Deborah AIchele
    Deborah AIchele Day ago

    it's God's eye looking at us.

    RIXETHEM 2 days ago

    Good, finally

  • T Bjornsson
    T Bjornsson 2 days ago

    that was an abrupt ending!

  • Carl Shorter
    Carl Shorter 2 days ago

    It’s truly hard to comprehend 54mil miles... they apparently got a picture of a black hole that’s 54 million LIGHT YEARS... this is science?? I heard one of the lady’s at the conference for this black hole event say we couldn’t see cause it’s black, but we got a nice blurry pic of a red and black hole..what a big load of none common sense bull....

  • Tommy Sinclair
    Tommy Sinclair 2 days ago

    This is scary

  • H e c k Y e a h
    H e c k Y e a h 2 days ago

    It looks like a glazed donut to me

  • qυєєи ɨռֆǟռɨtʏ

    *This isn't a big deal! No one is even talking about it! NO ONE! I think everyone should, this is kinda a big step.*

  • SayedFadhil AlAttas
    SayedFadhil AlAttas 2 days ago

    Black hole for stephen hawking fapping

  • Patrick Lockwood
    Patrick Lockwood 2 days ago

    Picture taken with an android

  • squidy random
    squidy random 2 days ago


    CFH M3TAL 3 days ago

    Photo= pieces from different places put together by 4 different teams. Call me when u get that actual photo... A Polaroid should do

  • Doodoo Diploid
    Doodoo Diploid 3 days ago

    6:07 "So that's why it's real."

  • zznug 2
    zznug 2 3 days ago

    ah so now those 'images' are illustrations...funny how they omitted that when they where presenting black holes before

  • Nicholas Harp
    Nicholas Harp 3 days ago

    The modern idea for a black hole hasn't been around for centuries, just caught that at the beginning.

  • William Alarie
    William Alarie 3 days ago

    where is Katie Bouman in this video.

  • Ant
    Ant 3 days ago

    2:42 is that a peni-

  • Luciuslikes Raña
    Luciuslikes Raña 3 days ago

    My teachers cosine is the discoverer of that black hole

  • Tina Rhodes
    Tina Rhodes 3 days ago

    That black hole is in a different galaxy in that to to to to to far away not even one black hole will reach us it's impossible. There's lots of planets in other galixys but it might keep growing if stars break we have to know this because if you do get sucked into a black hole you can't breath well you wouldn't want what because that's in a another galixy I'm suprised that a little telescope would capture millions in millions away in I'm kid I'm surprised that I'm this stuff but it would be better if I did then not

  • Manasseh Gallemit
    Manasseh Gallemit 3 days ago

    Can you make a video about The world corruption free, and what happen each country economy and peoples lovelihood. Can poverty decline?

  • l Poc
    l Poc 3 days ago +1

    It’s not a picture

  • parampaa2
    parampaa2 4 days ago

    It only took minutes before it is made into a meme.

  • Anonymous U
    Anonymous U 4 days ago

    An “Unseeable” Black Hole

  • Pagong27Gaming Mapping and More!

    Black holes are "invisible". The first image of this black hole is blurry.

  • Lee Yan Lei
    Lee Yan Lei 4 days ago

    It looks similar to nuclear medical imaging of the short axis of the heart!

  • grin and bear it -
    grin and bear it - 4 days ago

    Black hole is like a demonrat, it takes everything you feed it and never gives in return.

  • Call Me Yamato
    Call Me Yamato 4 days ago

    If Only Stephen Hawking Lived One More Year.

  • Arcadian Duke
    Arcadian Duke 4 days ago

    WTF? It's no "image" at all. Using a histogram? To estimate the diameter? This is complete BS! Nothing more than a fuzzy CGI that is now being passed onto the world to justify the cost. $19,300,000 for a best guess fuzzy computer generated image? Again, I say WTF? Will you nerds please explain to someone who clearly isn't as smart as you, why this is nothing more than science fiction, and why using "innovative algorithms" that create an image that isn't real, is an achievement?

  • Kem Ko
    Kem Ko 4 days ago

    You need to check your "facts". I am not going to make it easy for you. Do your own RESEARCH & see if you can find out what MISINFORMATION that you are spreading.

  • Vinod Menon
    Vinod Menon 4 days ago

    "Nothing moves faster than speed of light " she says .
    Has she not heard of Warp Drives , I ask ? :-)

    • Renato Cara
      Renato Cara 2 days ago

      A foton traveling through a (hypothetical) warp drive is still faster than anything else. So yes, nothing is faster than light.

  • shaul sharabi
    shaul sharabi 4 days ago

    the black hole we captured is Super massive black hole or other?

  • Steffi Castandillo
    Steffi Castandillo 4 days ago

    The effort they put just to capture the first image is damn hard

  • BxckStxbber 12
    BxckStxbber 12 4 days ago +1


    Girls: ...Ew that's the worst pic quality ever

  • GAMING MACHINE (tankionline)

    why big deal? because its the biggest hole in the universe

  • yoboytrel
    yoboytrel 4 days ago


  • Itay Maoz
    Itay Maoz 4 days ago

    Why do you say centuries ago, it has been barley 1

  • Famous TV
    Famous TV 4 days ago

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  • Dirga Buana
    Dirga Buana 4 days ago

    hm,when you explain it like that,it is outstanding that we can even get a picture at all.

  • Pan Damasque
    Pan Damasque 4 days ago

    Is this video from the future? Because from where I'm watching 1916 is not "centuries ago".

  • Jun Shibata
    Jun Shibata 4 days ago

    This was a Japanese team that made this find. No mention?

  • Bugsy
    Bugsy 4 days ago

    obviously fake

    • Bugsy
      Bugsy 4 days ago

      wake up sheeple

  • Binker
    Binker 4 days ago

    This presentation is best viewed alongside something like "Wallace Thornhill: Black Hole or Plasmoid?"

  • RafPlayZ
    RafPlayZ 4 days ago +27

    BlackHole:*NOM NOM NOM*

  • barritoo thy
    barritoo thy 4 days ago

    This is a unbelievable photo. They made a Blurry photo from that far! The photo would be a black screen with little dots on it, if our technology wasn’t as great as now. That photo was taken from 513,000,000,000,000,000,000km!

  • Victor Nikolov
    Victor Nikolov 4 days ago

    This is a heated nut. It even has six sides. :-D

  • Spondon.14 Gaming
    Spondon.14 Gaming 4 days ago

    thats really lit

  • Demo Real
    Demo Real 5 days ago

    fake scientists can tell BS about astrophysics for years and journos will believe everything they say

  • Marcus Doherty
    Marcus Doherty 5 days ago

    1:00 Uhhh, I may be wrong but I'm pretty sure bullets go twice the speed of light and that's why when you get shot in the head the brain isn't being torn, it's just the bullet squishing through so fast, it stretches the brain further than its breaking point.

  • Angel Liux
    Angel Liux 5 days ago

    Still don't understand how they did this, can someone explain in a easy 1+1=2 way?

  • Akshay Mali
    Akshay Mali 5 days ago +1

    Why did they not include Hubble Telescope in their project ? As it's already in space and would've helped capturing a more clear picture of a Black Hole by avoiding dust particles and gasses of the earth which are absent in space !

  • Duc Duc
    Duc Duc 5 days ago

    Flex tape ?

  • R.D. outlaw
    R.D. outlaw 5 days ago

    So how does this save the world , prevent starvation in 3rd world countries !

  • Ian Williams
    Ian Williams 5 days ago

    Because it’s the first visual representation of Kobe Bryant

  • Titan Smash Games
    Titan Smash Games 5 days ago

    If only hawking lived one more year he could have seen this 😪

  • Chuttunt Chumnong
    Chuttunt Chumnong 5 days ago

    it's very very so..... so... far away.... form us...

  • Razordreamz
    Razordreamz 5 days ago

    The eye of Saruron is real!

  • Chivo Chivito
    Chivo Chivito 5 days ago

    I’m still lost even more after watching this lol

  • Simon Ruszczak
    Simon Ruszczak 5 days ago

    Bullshit, it's a plasmoid.

  • F.B.I
    F.B.I 5 days ago

    Is it sad that if Steven Hawkins lived a year longer he would have seen a black hole

  • Ray Mak
    Ray Mak 5 days ago

    The place of infinite density

  • The Duke 71000 71000

    Black Holes only exist in the minds and computers of certain branches of Science where the Scientists forgot to get themselves any qualifications in Electrical matters. On the other hand Astro Electrical Physicists & Plasma Physicists are falling about laughing at this nonsense as the Pictures in reality show nothing more sinister than a Plasmoid. The Universe is run by Electricity (not gravity), and a spiders web of electrical currents (known as Birkland Currents) flow throughout the Universe connecting virtually everything. Where many of these current flows meet, commonly at the centre of Galaxies, is found a concentration of Plasma that carries electricity known as a Plasmoid. It is donut shaped, and can glow (as seen in the supposed "Black hole" pictures), if sufficient dust and gas is present to reveal it. The Plasmoid is effectively a "Junction box" of numerous "Birkland Currents".
    "Birkland Currents" are credited to Prof Kristian Birkland Nobel prize winner 1903. Who discovered the electrical connection between Earth & our Sun. His work was expanded by Prof Hans Alfven (Nobel Prize winner 1970) who discovered the spiders web of "Birkland" electrical currents that flow across the whole Universe.
    "Black Holes" belong in Science Fiction movies, not real Science.

  • Joshua Degreiff
    Joshua Degreiff 5 days ago +1

    We need a galaxy 10s for take pictures better than photos this 😂

  • Harsh Jaiswal
    Harsh Jaiswal 5 days ago


  • Dawn Marie May
    Dawn Marie May 5 days ago

    I heard it was the end of Snoop Dogs Blunt. Lol.

  • Shubham Mourya
    Shubham Mourya 5 days ago

    According to me, it is a 55 million years old image because data collected by telescopes is captured through that light(radio waves) which reach us after travelling 55 millions light years distance..........Am I right or not???

  • Mariyeh Mushtaq
    Mariyeh Mushtaq 5 days ago +2

    The way he said, "so...that's why its real" in the end, makes me feel its not. Lol jk

  • Robert Cathcart
    Robert Cathcart 5 days ago

    Looks like God enjoys a donut with his coffee.

  • K Clark
    K Clark 5 days ago

    Pure propaganda and deception. So easy to see through this. What is wrong with you guys?

  • Na Sha
    Na Sha 5 days ago

    her voice is stirring me up

  • mash made
    mash made 5 days ago

    might be a plasmoid not a black hole

  • Phrawsty
    Phrawsty 5 days ago

    The way that guy ended that was super gay...

  • Pratheesh R
    Pratheesh R 5 days ago +1

    And people still believe in god

  • Spanci0k
    Spanci0k 5 days ago


  • John Doe
    John Doe 5 days ago

    Fake news. That galactic scaled celestial orange glazed donut was a paid actor.

  • Felt Is king
    Felt Is king 5 days ago

    Science book companies: *sees picture* time to make New science books

  • Kayn Frost
    Kayn Frost 5 days ago

    0:13 GTA san andreas big ear right?

  • michelhouelpdesque
    michelhouelpdesque 5 days ago

    Black hole picture = so great it can fix mass zombification. It's just THAT great.
    "SARC" "Off"

  • Noob Gaming
    Noob Gaming 5 days ago

    And here people are still thinking that earth is flat😁

  • beautiful stick
    beautiful stick 5 days ago

    Just some progaganda like man walking on the moon.
    Nothing of this is real. We live on a flat land with a glass ceiling, there is nothing but heaven outside.
    Do you really think angels are living in some space with void ? BS

  • sha zsha
    sha zsha 5 days ago

    wait does someone here say 'man, too bad stephen hawking dot, dot, dot, dot,'

  • IndonesianAviationFan 561

    You want to know why?

    It is a meme

  • sha zsha
    sha zsha 5 days ago


  • sam sam
    sam sam 5 days ago

    Soooo, why is it such a huge deal?

  • PowerOf One
    PowerOf One 6 days ago

    0:54 So Vox believes in the Masonic led hoax that man landed on the moon............. lol
    Earth is flat. (But only some may discover this truth.)

  • Felix Du
    Felix Du 6 days ago

    why is no one mentioning Stephen Hawking

  • auki_ for RM/Kim Namjoon

    thank you Katie Bouman 💞

  • Nortekman
    Nortekman 6 days ago

    Black Holes are always being blamed for everything. What about privileged White Holes?

    • koala cousins
      koala cousins 6 days ago

      Yellow holes aint complaining about the free jobs white holes don't see while they are arguing about black holes.

  • Bunny boy
    Bunny boy 6 days ago

    Aren't black holes for future time travel and white holes for past time travel?

  • Simone ILMSM
    Simone ILMSM 6 days ago

    This black hole is scary, but have you ever looked inside the brain of a trap listener?

  • ReiSEN -
    ReiSEN - 6 days ago

    it's okay we'll see one up close when our sun goes... *anxiety kicks in*

  • LadyRokubi
    LadyRokubi 6 days ago

    This made me tear up a bit. It's almost poetic what we can still find out working as one. Its beautiful.

  • Kawhi Leonard
    Kawhi Leonard 6 days ago

    Serious question, can 2 black holes have the same size but not the same mass?

    • Kawhi Leonard
      Kawhi Leonard 5 days ago

      +koala cousins nice, thanks

    • koala cousins
      koala cousins 6 days ago

      yes. but the one with less mass has a much smaller gravitational pull.