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  2 months ago +977

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    • Andy Martinez
      Andy Martinez 22 days ago

      Gif was more disappointing than this USclip channel.

    • Chris Hendricks
      Chris Hendricks Month ago

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

    • cairo
      cairo 2 months ago

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

    • Èlia Gàmiz
      Èlia Gàmiz 2 months ago

      @Brett MacnChee go suck pewdipie's lasagna

    • Tina Rhodes
      Tina Rhodes 2 months ago

      There's something round in black in side of it

  • Itz-Izzy
    Itz-Izzy 9 hours ago

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

  • Chi Pa Pa
    Chi Pa Pa Day 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.

  • sportster306
    sportster306 5 days ago +1

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

  • ChristianTRP
    ChristianTRP 8 days 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 9 days 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 12 days ago

    Yet the nasa data was lost

  • The Word Forever
    The Word Forever 21 day 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 22 days ago +2

    It is not a photo it is made up BS.

  • Bernardo Ortiz
    Bernardo Ortiz 23 days ago +2

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

  • iTzRemo
    iTzRemo 24 days ago +1

    its not real

  • The Gooberment-Sucks
    The Gooberment-Sucks 24 days ago +2

    Turns out it was debris on the lens

  • Depressed Cat
    Depressed Cat 25 days ago

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

  • Goldenboy 214
    Goldenboy 214 26 days 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 26 days ago +3

    it looks like a donut

  • Galimah
    Galimah 26 days ago

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

  • Kpshyamala Palanippandi
    Kpshyamala Palanippandi 28 days ago +2

    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 19 days 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 Month ago +2

    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

  • TwiSteD Cringe
    TwiSteD Cringe Month ago +5

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

    *Cries in Space*

  • fat cunt
    fat cunt Month ago +1

    Guys... that's me in the womb

  • noob now
    noob now Month ago

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

  • Dark MaesterTM
    Dark MaesterTM Month ago

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

    SCRUFFS BEATZ Month ago

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

    • rest
      rest Month ago

      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 Month ago

    I can't believe you guys believe this bullshit

  • Bernard van Tonder
    Bernard van Tonder Month 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

      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 Month 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 Month 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 Month ago

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

  • O .W
    O .W Month ago

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

  • Yoshi_Dino_Kiddo
    Yoshi_Dino_Kiddo Month ago

    If only mr hawking was still alive.

  • Fajar Setiawan
    Fajar Setiawan Month ago +1

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

  • buzi vagy
    buzi vagy Month ago

    *thought that its a donut but ok*

  • Cuddles the Cat
    Cuddles the Cat Month 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 Month 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 Month 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 Month ago

    So, Nolan's version kinda correct?

  • hwv455
    hwv455 Month 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 Month 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 Month ago

      @Flying Dude ohhh😮😮 thanks

    • Flying Dude
      Flying Dude Month 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 Month ago

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

  • Aman Panda
    Aman Panda Month 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 Month ago

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

  • lz factz
    lz factz Month 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 Month 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 Month 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 Month 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 Month 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 Month ago

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

  • Mike
    Mike Month 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 Month ago +1

    I am just the right amount of high for this

  • Daniel Geoffrion
    Daniel Geoffrion Month 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 Month ago

    Black hole: *makes pac man eating motions*

  • Queston
    Queston Month ago

    1:01 there actually is, look it up

  • ConnorWaddell
    ConnorWaddell Month ago +1

    Vox you forgot to mention Trump

  • Tong Nguyen
    Tong Nguyen Month ago


  • GobermouchDoggo
    GobermouchDoggo Month 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 Month ago

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

  • Donald H Lebert
    Donald H Lebert Month 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 Month ago

    I bet all the scientist quaking out their boots!

  • MilkTea
    MilkTea Month 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 Month ago

    Earth is flat

  • Fishy Swords
    Fishy Swords Month ago

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

  • Sima
    Sima Month ago +2

    imagine being an ant and knowing this

  • Volkan Yi
    Volkan Yi Month ago +1

    Its just the Stop Light of GTR..

    • south
      south Month ago

      Mine GT-R brake light is rectangular.

  • Joan Jamito
    Joan Jamito Month ago +2

    that was not black hole

  • Peter Luxus
    Peter Luxus Month ago

    The super computer has developed a consciousness and it put the black hole in the calculated photo in order to please his creator.

  • Rashon Moss
    Rashon Moss Month ago

    What blows my mind is that the black hole probably doesn’t actually exist anymore and we’re just seeing the images of it millions of years later.

  • Chris Hansen
    Chris Hansen 2 months ago

    Am i the only one that found out about this before the meme.

  • MCM Studios Pittsburgh Recording Studio

    All that money and technology and connections but NO, you gotta wait months for the North Pole to open for the season to get your hard drives, like, wtf

  • Steven Qualls
    Steven Qualls 2 months ago

    Image based on data from waves that they assume are a black hole. What a giant waste of money

  • can donghan marry me?
    can donghan marry me? 2 months ago +2

    Einstein's theories didn't even need to be tested when he was alive! He knew he was correct!

  • - aesthetic_boi -
    - aesthetic_boi - 2 months ago +2

    lmao this went from history to meme in a day

  • Last Chance
    Last Chance 2 months ago +1

    Light: I am the fastest
    Black hole: try to pass Me

  • riyas ki
    riyas ki 2 months ago

    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

  • Suvanssh Mahajan
    Suvanssh Mahajan 2 months ago +1

    I wonder how the first guy to see it felt like

  • Clonetos
    Clonetos 2 months ago +1

    Back at union point we called that a glory hole

  • Mike Youtube
    Mike Youtube 2 months ago +2

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

  • jonathan smith
    jonathan smith 2 months ago +1

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

  • Tom Lin
    Tom Lin 2 months ago +42

    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.

    • O .W
      O .W Month ago +1

      Even if they are small and near us. We will all die. Have a lovely life!

  • Hello Universe
    Hello Universe 2 months ago

    Hello Universe! 🌌🌀

  • Thomas Jefferson
    Thomas Jefferson 2 months ago

    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.....

  • Elder 987419
    Elder 987419 2 months ago +1

    The truth is its not a big deal its only 2019 humans are stupid

  • Monk S
    Monk S 2 months ago +1

    This is not a photograph. It is not a picture of a black hole.

  • Star Lemon077
    Star Lemon077 2 months ago

    Lol cat eye black hole

  • Could Be Anybody
    Could Be Anybody 2 months ago

    This is the first time one of VOX's video's have actually been relevant and consistent lol.

  • Aman
    Aman 2 months ago +12

    After few decades we will be telling our offsprings about how difficult it was to take the first picture of black hole.

  • Cymoon RBACpro
    Cymoon RBACpro 2 months ago

    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

  • Aamir Bedi
    Aamir Bedi 2 months ago

    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)

  • Geoffrey Sarita
    Geoffrey Sarita 2 months ago

    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.

  • F34R Gridlock
    F34R Gridlock 2 months ago

    A *privileged* group of telescopes

  • crankcall2u
    crankcall2u 2 months ago +1

    Black hoe

  • Bob Brown
    Bob Brown 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago

    No barionic matter can’t travel faster. But ok

  • Ninja Xhyper
    Ninja Xhyper 2 months ago

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

  • TruthSeeker Ultimate
    TruthSeeker Ultimate 2 months ago

    Black Hole:The Universe's Dumpsite, asserting the Evidence of INTELLIGENT DESIGN !!!