Why this black hole photo is such a big deal

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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    VoxVoxPřed 3 měsíci
    • 1000th like

      level 5000 commanderlevel 5000 commanderPřed 7 dny
    • Gif was more disappointing than this CH-visions channel.

      Andy MartinezAndy MartinezPřed měsícem
    • *why did you presumed we have 7secs attention span?* 🤣

      Chris HendricksChris HendricksPřed 2 měsíci
    • Really great script, and narration Joss, you have a talent. :)

      cairocairoPřed 2 měsíci
    • @Brett MacnChee go suck pewdipie's lasagna

      Èlia GàmizÈlia GàmizPřed 2 měsíci
  • Good place to dump our Waste 🙂

    Cute KrishnaCute KrishnaPřed 16 hodinami
  • “Nothing goes faster than light” Cameras: well I took a picture of a black hole 54 million light years away

    Big 1 NickBig 1 NickPřed dnem
  • Bruh, point 2 cameras at the black hole, 1 for photos and the other 1 for videos.

    I add irrelevant comments to videosI add irrelevant comments to videosPřed 2 dny
  • the center of every galaxy is a black hole, or is it?

    Beanmachine91Beanmachine91Před 3 dny
  • Ask Tony stark he might have a picture Already..

    Aravind Reddy KAravind Reddy KPřed 4 dny
  • What happened to the dude that normally narrates these vox videos?

    Captain AmericaCaptain AmericaPřed 4 dny
  • 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

    deathstar94deathstar94Před 5 dny
  • The thumbnail black hole looks like an eye!

    Phantoms AnimationsPhantoms AnimationsPřed 6 dny
  • everything about universe is scary and awesome at same time......

    lord beeruslord beerusPřed 7 dny
  • wow 20 years of work. This probably the most time spent on making a meme i have known.

    BAMFBAMFPřed 8 dny
  • all i see is a donut

    HongKong ballHongKong ballPřed 9 dny
  • What if a black hole is really just a black planet where Africans live ?

    As If Aye MateAs If Aye MatePřed 10 dny
  • For all we know that image that was taken could've captured something that has happened millions of years ago.

    As If Aye MateAs If Aye MatePřed 10 dny
  • I'm going to nickname this image as "The Blurry Black Hole Image."

    Pagong27GamingPagong27GamingPřed 10 dny
  • Inside the black hole is our system administrator

    NameNamePřed 11 dny
  • It's a kid's doing and adults just came up with the big idea

    ahsan iqbalahsan iqbalPřed 12 dny
  • Photoshop black hole,there is no black hole

    s ss sPřed 13 dny
    • s s Explain.

      Sassa MSassa MPřed 8 dny
  • Born to early to see the end of memes born just right to see the blackhole

    Master GamerMaster GamerPřed 16 dny
  • I just don’t understand space

    Caroline KesslerCaroline KesslerPřed 16 dny
  • Extraordinary stuff!

    Roman KondrachovRoman KondrachovPřed 19 dny
  • 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

    Khairul NizamKhairul NizamPřed 20 dny
  • Imagine if we were in that computer

    tyler mack the game childtyler mack the game childPřed 20 dny
  • I-ts s-so beautiful 😭 Such a discovery can blow your mind Sniff*

    Astronuat IzzyAstronuat IzzyPřed 21 dnem
  • 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 PaChi Pa PaPřed 23 dny
    • @CryoToast Unless humans colonize other planets. There are already plans being made for Mars.

      Chi Pa PaChi Pa PaPřed 8 dny
    • Well, our sun will explode before that, and humans will have been extinct for billions of years

      CryoToastCryoToastPřed 11 dny
  • 4 seconds in and they can’t stay away from the word privileged 🙃 shocking

    sportster306sportster306Před 26 dny
  • 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?!

    ChristianTRPChristianTRPPřed 29 dny
  • Scientists: We finally took a picture of a black hole!! This changes everything Internet: UwuU!!! We presSent to u,,,, black hole chan!!! >3< !!!

    digitalsonderdigitalsonderPřed měsícem
  • Yet the nasa data was lost

    Ryk SonRyk SonPřed měsícem
  • "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)

    The Word ForeverThe Word ForeverPřed měsícem
  • It is not a photo it is made up BS.

    Scotty StormScotty StormPřed měsícem
    • Scotty Storm Explain.

      Sassa MSassa MPřed 8 dny
  • This is fake, astronauts threw an android from the moon with a slingshot and took a picture

    Bernardo OrtizBernardo OrtizPřed měsícem
    • Bernardo Ortiz Explain how that would create such an image

      Sassa MSassa MPřed 8 dny
  • its not real

    iTzRemoiTzRemoPřed měsícem
  • Turns out it was debris on the lens

    The Gooberment-SucksThe Gooberment-SucksPřed měsícem
  • Nobody: Vox:WhY ThiS BlaCk hOLe pHOto iS sUcH a BiG DeAL

    Depressed CatDepressed CatPřed měsícem
  • 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.

    Goldenboy 214Goldenboy 214Před měsícem
  • it looks like a donut

    Penny29Penny29Před měsícem
  • the only other feat by humans that comes close to this is the game X-com: UFO Defense

    GalimahGalimahPřed měsícem
  • Who else is scrolling through the comments

    Kpshyamala PalanippandiKpshyamala PalanippandiPřed měsícem
  • 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 :).

    Momchil AndonovMomchil AndonovPřed měsícem
  • 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.

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

      Bugler55Bugler55Před měsícem
    • 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.

      Bugler55Bugler55Před měsícem
  • Orange space donut

    Syon CheungSyon CheungPřed měsícem
  • 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 MasokaTinashe MasokaPřed měsícem
    • 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

      Tinashe MasokaTinashe MasokaPřed 3 dny
  • *When u are the most powerful being in the space but people makes memes on u* *Cries in Space*

    TwiSteD CringeTwiSteD CringePřed měsícem
  • Guys... that's me in the womb

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

    noob nownoob nowPřed měsícem
  • 1987 : we will travel faster than light 2019 : Oh finally got a pic of a black hole

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

    • 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.

      restrestPřed měsícem
  • I can't believe you guys believe this bullshit

    • SCRUFFS BEATZ Explain why you don’t.

      Sassa MSassa MPřed 8 dny
  • "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?

    Bernard van TonderBernard van TonderPřed měsícem
    • No, because the mass keeps accelerating inwards. If it's finitely dense as in your view, what's in the pinpoint center?

      Bugler55Bugler55Před měsícem
  • 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.

    Flying DudeFlying DudePřed 2 měsíci
  • In 19st People: the black hole is black remember kids Now People:Omfg lets make meme about da reel black hole

    Da JerryDa JerryPřed 2 měsíci
  • it could be anything except nothing :)-nothing

    dylan storm trooper derdylan storm trooper derPřed 2 měsíci
  • I got in a black hole last night, was gooood!

    Prophet YouTubeProphet YouTubePřed 2 měsíci
  • Black holes are just black as no one bothered to turn the light on.

    O .WO .WPřed 2 měsíci
  • If only mr hawking was still alive.

    Yoshi_Dino_KiddoYoshi_Dino_KiddoPřed 2 měsíci
  • I can imagine many physicist nerds around the world are crying in joy.....

    Fajar SetiawanFajar SetiawanPřed 2 měsíci
  • *thought that its a donut but ok*

    buzi vagybuzi vagyPřed 2 měsíci
  • 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?_

    Cuddles the CatCuddles the CatPřed 2 měsíci
  • 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.

    Zeitgeist XZeitgeist XPřed 2 měsíci
  • Einstein is still being glorified every astounding discoveries in space that involves his own discoveries! Genius level infinite...

    Spencer PanesSpencer PanesPřed 2 měsíci
  • *my science teacher when she heard we finally got a picture of a place hole*

    SorryごめんなさいSorryごめんなさいPřed 2 měsíci
  • So, Nolan's version kinda correct?

    Miau WorksMiau WorksPřed 2 měsíci
  • "Nothing travels faster than the speed of light"...........But a Black hole does exactly that!..."Light cannot escape a Black hole".

    hwv455hwv455Před 2 měsíci
    • Force /= Velocity

      Bugler55Bugler55Před měsícem
  • 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_ kookieSweet_ kookiePřed 2 měsíci
    • @Flying Dude ohhh😮😮 thanks

      Sweet_ kookieSweet_ kookiePřed 2 měsíci
    • 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*).

      Flying DudeFlying DudePřed 2 měsíci
  • All this years ive been looking at illustrations!What else is an illustration, the moon!

    Jus LesJus LesPřed 2 měsíci
  • 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

    Aman PandaAman PandaPřed 2 měsíci
    • @SCRUFFS BEATZ [citation needed]

      Creative NothingCreative NothingPřed měsícem
    • This is false

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

    MrBorey YTMrBorey YTPřed 2 měsíci
  • this is just a photoshop, you can not see radio waves. it is not real image, it is simulation representation of real object

    lz factzlz factzPřed 2 měsíci
    • 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?

      neferpitousneferpitousPřed 2 měsíci
  • 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

    Rich WaregaRich WaregaPřed 2 měsíci
    • Not going to happen, but we'll probably see the first man on Mars, and a lot of cool AI :)

      Flying DudeFlying DudePřed 2 měsíci
Why this black hole photo is such a big deal