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

      cairocairoPřed 5 dny
    • +Brett MacnChee go suck pewdipie's lasagna

      Èlia GàmizÈlia GàmizPřed 6 dny
    • There's something round in black in side of it

      Tina RhodesTina RhodesPřed 6 dny
    • When you take your camera point it at the sun

      Tina RhodesTina RhodesPřed 6 dny
    • I think a black hole is in the sun

      Tina RhodesTina RhodesPřed 6 dny
  • Einstein's theories didn't even need to be tested when he was alive! He knew he was correct!

    can donghan marry me?can donghan marry me?Před 4 hodinami
  • lmao this went from history to meme in a day

    - aesthetic_boi -- aesthetic_boi -Před 13 hodinami
  • Light: I am the fastest Black hole: try to pass Me

    Last ChanceLast ChancePřed 13 hodinami
  • Doubt: at 3:55 , you're saying "they landed on a wave at the high frequency side of the em spectrum.." but actually showing long wavelength LOW FREQUENCY radio wave of 1.3mm Its confusing me. Correct me if I'm wrong. It

    riyas kiriyas kiPřed dnem
  • I wonder how the first guy to see it felt like

    Suvanssh MahajanSuvanssh MahajanPřed dnem
  • Back at union point we called that a glory hole

    ClonetosClonetosPřed dnem
  • Because of a viral campaign. Most people only cared because they believed most people actually cared.

    Mike YoutubeMike YoutubePřed dnem
  • I never thought scientists and mathematicians could illustrate a black hole so accurately, long before we actually saw one.

    jonathan smithjonathan smithPřed dnem
  • I think black holes are "too small or too far away" is a good thing, I feel more secure when those things are not close nor big.

    Tom LinTom LinPřed dnem
  • Hello Universe! 🌌🌀

    Hello UniverseHello UniversePřed dnem
  • THERE ARE NO BLACK HOLES,just high heat from a star like the NIBIRU MINI SOLAR SYSTEM,who all of you will be seeing close up here shortly,its about to pass the earth,and when it does,MOST OF YOU WILL BE KILLED BY IT,aren't you glad ALL your scientists are paid government whores,they won't warn either.....

    Thomas JeffersonThomas JeffersonPřed 2 dny
  • The truth is its not a big deal its only 2019 humans are stupid

    Elder 987419Elder 987419Před 2 dny
  • This is not a photograph. It is not a picture of a black hole.

    Monk SMonk SPřed 2 dny
  • Lol cat eye black hole

    Star Lemon077Star Lemon077Před 2 dny
  • This is the first time one of VOX's video's have actually been relevant and consistent lol.

    Could Be AnybodyCould Be AnybodyPřed 3 dny
  • After few decades we will be telling our offsprings about how difficult it was to take the first picture of black hole.

    K. KhuranaK. KhuranaPřed 3 dny
  • This is not a photograph, this is a reconstructed image using data from different radio telescopes. This type of phenomenon has been observed by optical telescopes they are called *Ring Galaxy which is a galaxy with a circle-like appearance. Hoag's Object, discovered by Art Hoag in 1950, is an example of a ring galaxy.* The ring contains many massive, relatively young blue stars, which are extremely bright. The central region contains relatively little luminous matter. Calling this object a black hole is self-imposed wishful thinking! Click here to see a ring galaxy (Hoag object) apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/0209/hoag_hst.jpg

    Cymoon RBACproCymoon RBACproPřed 3 dny
  • Why does every major reported change happens only thousand light years away?? Why can’t it happen in matter of few thousand kilometers ???(from earths surface)

    Aamir BediAamir BediPřed 3 dny
  • Yes! they have a picture of black hole, children who doesn't have food, shelter, and clean water will be able to live a decent life now!! Good job, your billion is well spent.

    Geoffrey SaritaGeoffrey SaritaPřed 3 dny
  • A *privileged* group of telescopes

    F34R GridlockF34R GridlockPřed 3 dny
  • Black hoe

    crankcall2ucrankcall2uPřed 3 dny
  • 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.

    Bob BrownBob BrownPřed 3 dny
  • 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.

    rollercoaster55rollercoaster55Před 3 dny
  • 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

    Jace HarbisonJace HarbisonPřed 4 dny
  • No barionic matter can’t travel faster. But ok

    justin morganjustin morganPřed 4 dny
  • Its just a donut thats blurred to make people think its a blackhole

    Ninja XhyperNinja XhyperPřed 4 dny
    • lol

      Ixion MusicIxion MusicPřed 4 dny
  • Black Hole:The Universe's Dumpsite, asserting the Evidence of INTELLIGENT DESIGN !!!

    TruthSeeker UltimateTruthSeeker UltimatePřed 4 dny
  • The real information of black hole in this linkwww.lookchup.com/read-blog/850931

    pujarani Maharanapujarani MaharanaPřed 4 dny
  • it's God's eye looking at us.

    Deborah AIcheleDeborah AIchelePřed 4 dny
  • Good, finally

  • that was an abrupt ending!

    T BjornssonT BjornssonPřed 4 dny
  • 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....

    Carl ShorterCarl ShorterPřed 4 dny
  • This is scary

    Tommy SinclairTommy SinclairPřed 5 dny
  • It looks like a glazed donut to me

    H e c k Y e a hH e c k Y e a hPřed 5 dny
  • *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.*

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  • Black hole for stephen hawking fapping

    SayedFadhil AlAttasSayedFadhil AlAttasPřed 5 dny
  • Picture taken with an android

    Patrick LockwoodPatrick LockwoodPřed 5 dny
  • Wew

    squidy randomsquidy randomPřed 5 dny
  • Photo= pieces from different places put together by 4 different teams. Call me when u get that actual photo... A Polaroid should do

    CFH M3TALCFH M3TALPřed 5 dny
  • 6:07 "So that's why it's real."

    Doodoo DiploidDoodoo DiploidPřed 5 dny
  • ah so now those 'images' are illustrations...funny how they omitted that when they where presenting black holes before

    zznug 2zznug 2Před 5 dny
  • The modern idea for a black hole hasn't been around for centuries, just caught that at the beginning.

    Nicholas HarpNicholas HarpPřed 6 dny
  • where is Katie Bouman in this video.

    William AlarieWilliam AlariePřed 6 dny
  • 2:42 is that a peni-

    AntAntPřed 6 dny
  • My teachers cosine is the discoverer of that black hole

    Luciuslikes RañaLuciuslikes RañaPřed 6 dny
  • 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

    Tina RhodesTina RhodesPřed 6 dny
  • Can you make a video about The world corruption free, and what happen each country economy and peoples lovelihood. Can poverty decline?

    Manasseh GallemitManasseh GallemitPřed 6 dny
  • It’s not a picture

    l Pocl PocPřed 6 dny
  • It only took minutes before it is made into a meme.

    parampaa2parampaa2Před 6 dny
  • An “Unseeable” Black Hole

    Anonymous UAnonymous UPřed 6 dny
  • Black holes are "invisible". The first image of this black hole is blurry.

    Pagong27Gaming Mapping and More!Pagong27Gaming Mapping and More!Před 6 dny
  • It looks similar to nuclear medical imaging of the short axis of the heart!

    Lee Yan LeiLee Yan LeiPřed 6 dny
  • Black hole is like a demonrat, it takes everything you feed it and never gives in return.

    grin and bear it -grin and bear it -Před 6 dny
  • If Only Stephen Hawking Lived One More Year.

    Call Me YamatoCall Me YamatoPřed 6 dny
  • 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?

    Arcadian DukeArcadian DukePřed 6 dny
  • 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.

    Kem KoKem KoPřed 6 dny
  • "Nothing moves faster than speed of light " she says . Has she not heard of Warp Drives , I ask ? :-)

    Vinod MenonVinod MenonPřed 6 dny
    • A foton traveling through a (hypothetical) warp drive is still faster than anything else. So yes, nothing is faster than light.

      Renato CaraRenato CaraPřed 4 dny
  • the black hole we captured is Super massive black hole or other?

    shaul sharabishaul sharabiPřed 6 dny
  • The effort they put just to capture the first image is damn hard

    Steffi CastandilloSteffi CastandilloPřed 7 dny
  • Me: OMG THE FIRST BLACK HOLE IMAGE!! Girls: ...Ew that's the worst pic quality ever

    BxckStxbber 12BxckStxbber 12Před 7 dny
  • why big deal? because its the biggest hole in the universe

    GAMING MACHINE (tankionline)GAMING MACHINE (tankionline)Před 7 dny

    yoboytrelyoboytrelPřed 7 dny
  • Why do you say centuries ago, it has been barley 1

    Itay MaozItay MaozPřed 7 dny
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    Famous TVFamous TVPřed 7 dny
  • hm,when you explain it like that,it is outstanding that we can even get a picture at all.

    Dirga BuanaDirga BuanaPřed 7 dny
  • Is this video from the future? Because from where I'm watching 1916 is not "centuries ago".

    Pan DamasquePan DamasquePřed 7 dny
  • This was a Japanese team that made this find. No mention?

    Jun ShibataJun ShibataPřed 7 dny
  • obviously fake

    BugsyBugsyPřed 7 dny
    • wake up sheeple

      BugsyBugsyPřed 7 dny
  • This presentation is best viewed alongside something like "Wallace Thornhill: Black Hole or Plasmoid?"

    BinkerBinkerPřed 7 dny
  • Light:**Travelling** BlackHole:*NOM NOM NOM*

    RafPlayZRafPlayZPřed 7 dny
  • 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!

    barritoo thybarritoo thyPřed 7 dny
  • This is a heated nut. It even has six sides. :-D

    Victor NikolovVictor NikolovPřed 7 dny
  • thats really lit

    Spondon.14 GamingSpondon.14 GamingPřed 7 dny
  • fake scientists can tell BS about astrophysics for years and journos will believe everything they say

    Demo RealDemo RealPřed 7 dny
  • 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.

    Marcus DohertyMarcus DohertyPřed 7 dny
  • Still don't understand how they did this, can someone explain in a easy 1+1=2 way?

    Angel LiuxAngel LiuxPřed 7 dny
  • 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 !

    Akshay MaliAkshay MaliPřed 7 dny
  • Flex tape ?

    Duc DucDuc DucPřed 7 dny
  • So how does this save the world , prevent starvation in 3rd world countries !

    R.D. outlawR.D. outlawPřed 7 dny
  • Because it’s the first visual representation of Kobe Bryant

    Ian WilliamsIan WilliamsPřed 7 dny
  • If only hawking lived one more year he could have seen this 😪

    Titan Smash GamesTitan Smash GamesPřed 7 dny
  • it's very very so..... so... far away.... form us...

    Chuttunt ChumnongChuttunt ChumnongPřed 7 dny
  • The eye of Saruron is real!

    RazordreamzRazordreamzPřed 7 dny
  • I’m still lost even more after watching this lol

    Chivo ChivitoChivo ChivitoPřed 7 dny
  • Bullshit, it's a plasmoid.

    Simon RuszczakSimon RuszczakPřed 7 dny
  • Is it sad that if Steven Hawkins lived a year longer he would have seen a black hole

    F.B.IF.B.IPřed 7 dny
  • The place of infinite density

    Ray MakRay MakPřed 7 dny
  • 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.

    The Duke 71000 71000The Duke 71000 71000Před 7 dny
  • We need a galaxy 10s for take pictures better than photos this 😂

    Joshua DegreiffJoshua DegreiffPřed 7 dny
  • Joss

    Harsh JaiswalHarsh JaiswalPřed 7 dny
  • I heard it was the end of Snoop Dogs Blunt. Lol.

    Dawn Marie MayDawn Marie MayPřed 7 dny
  • Congratulations..... 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???

    Shubham MouryaShubham MouryaPřed 7 dny
  • The way he said, "so...that's why its real" in the end, makes me feel its not. Lol jk

    Mariyeh MushtaqMariyeh MushtaqPřed 7 dny
  • Looks like God enjoys a donut with his coffee.

    Robert CathcartRobert CathcartPřed 7 dny
  • Pure propaganda and deception. So easy to see through this. What is wrong with you guys?

    K ClarkK ClarkPřed 7 dny
  • her voice is stirring me up

    Na ShaNa ShaPřed 7 dny
  • might be a plasmoid not a black hole

    mash mademash madePřed 8 dny
  • The way that guy ended that was super gay...

    PhrawstyPhrawstyPřed 8 dny
  • And people still believe in god

    Pratheesh RPratheesh RPřed 8 dny
Why this black hole photo is such a big deal