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
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    • Media Stereotypes
      Media Stereotypes 3 days ago

      Black Holes were first theorized in 1916. That is 103 years ago, which does not = centuries! Maybe no one will notice. Shhhhhhh!

    • PSN DarkTrilla
      PSN DarkTrilla 3 days ago

      Vox i think it would be really cool if you made a video on how much "clean air/oxygen" we actually inhale on a daily basis.

    • Gaylord Testicles
      Gaylord Testicles 3 days ago


    • Koda crowder
      Koda crowder 4 days ago

      *wouldn't it all be dead 58 million lightyears away is like dinosaur prehistoric times*
      *How can this be realivent/real* ?
      *By Peoples own Biases they call beliefs wouldnt this have happened a long time ago* ? *Before hawkings time Because by the time the light gets to observing distance it would already be dead & somehow we have a picture of cgi from something that's already gone* ? Bullocks

    • Muhammad Fathoni
      Muhammad Fathoni 5 days ago

      Hey @vox what software do you guys use to edit this kind of video?

  • Jovani Quiroz
    Jovani Quiroz Day ago


  • GAMING MACHINE (tankionline)

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

  • yoboytrel
    yoboytrel Day ago


  • Itay Maoz
    Itay Maoz Day ago

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

  • Famous TV
    Famous TV Day ago

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  • Dirga Buana
    Dirga Buana Day ago

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

  • Pan Damasque
    Pan Damasque Day ago

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

  • Jun Shibata
    Jun Shibata Day ago

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

  • Bugsy
    Bugsy Day ago

    obviously fake

    • Bugsy
      Bugsy Day ago

      wake up sheeple

  • Binker
    Binker Day ago

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

  • RafPlayZ
    RafPlayZ Day ago +1

    BlackHole:*NOM NOM NOM*

  • barritoo thy
    barritoo thy Day 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 Day ago

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

  • Spondon.14 Gaming

    thats really lit

  • Demo Real
    Demo Real Day ago

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

  • Marcus Doherty
    Marcus Doherty Day 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 Day ago

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

  • Akshay Mali
    Akshay Mali Day 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 !

  • Gary Gurniak
    Gary Gurniak Day ago

    I see black holes everyday and a bunch of Whitey ones to

  • Duc Duc
    Duc Duc Day ago

    Flex tape ?

  • R.D. outlaw
    R.D. outlaw Day ago

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

  • Ian Williams
    Ian Williams Day ago

    Because it’s the first visual representation of Kobe Bryant

  • Titan Smash Games

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

  • Chuttunt Chumnong

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

  • Razordreamz
    Razordreamz Day ago

    The eye of Saruron is real!

  • Chivo Chivito
    Chivo Chivito Day ago

    I’m still lost even more after watching this lol

  • Simon Ruszczak
    Simon Ruszczak Day ago

    Bullshit, it's a plasmoid.

  • F.B.I
    F.B.I Day ago

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

  • Ray Mak
    Ray Mak Day 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 Day ago

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

  • Harsh Jaiswal
    Harsh Jaiswal Day ago


  • Dawn Marie May
    Dawn Marie May Day ago

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

  • Shubham Mourya
    Shubham Mourya Day 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 Day ago

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

  • Robert Cathcart
    Robert Cathcart Day ago

    Looks like God enjoys a donut with his coffee.

  • K Clark
    K Clark Day ago

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

  • Na Sha
    Na Sha Day ago

    her voice is stirring me up

  • mash made
    mash made 2 days ago

    might be a plasmoid not a black hole

  • Phrawsty
    Phrawsty 2 days ago

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

  • Pratheesh R
    Pratheesh R 2 days ago

    And people still believe in god

  • Spanci0k
    Spanci0k 2 days ago


  • John Doe
    John Doe 2 days ago

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

  • Felt Is king
    Felt Is king 2 days ago

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

  • Kayn Frost
    Kayn Frost 2 days ago

    0:13 GTA san andreas big ear right?

  • michelhouelpdesque
    michelhouelpdesque 2 days ago

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

  • Noob Gaming
    Noob Gaming 2 days ago

    And here people are still thinking that earth is flat😁

  • beautiful stick
    beautiful stick 2 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 2 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 2 days ago


  • sam sam
    sam sam 2 days ago

    Soooo, why is it such a huge deal?

  • PowerOf One
    PowerOf One 2 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 2 days ago

    why is no one mentioning Stephen Hawking

  • auki_ for RM/Kim Namjoon

    thank you Katie Bouman 💞

  • Nortekman
    Nortekman 2 days ago

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

    • koala cousins
      koala cousins 2 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 2 days ago

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

  • Simone ILMSM
    Simone ILMSM 2 days ago

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

  • ReiSEN -
    ReiSEN - 2 days ago

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

  • LadyRokubi
    LadyRokubi 2 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 2 days ago

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

    • Kawhi Leonard
      Kawhi Leonard Day ago

      +koala cousins nice, thanks

    • koala cousins
      koala cousins 2 days ago

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

  • p lr
    p lr 2 days ago

    What´s the geometry of a black hole? is there any representation? Tanx

    • p lr
      p lr 2 days ago

      koala cousins ?

    • koala cousins
      koala cousins 2 days ago

      it's impossible to know, since we can't truely see what it looks like, since their is no light to come to our eyes anyway.

  • Ed Reyes
    Ed Reyes 2 days ago

    I wouldn't categorize this as a picture. I would say its an image enhanced by an algorithm. Job well done

  • Alek S
    Alek S 2 days ago

    It took 53 million years for this not only to reach us but for us to develop into a species that sees it.

    • koala cousins
      koala cousins 2 days ago

      , it only took us a couple thousand years as a species to reach this stage.

  • Kiman Rasa
    Kiman Rasa 2 days ago

    I don't get it

    • koala cousins
      koala cousins 2 days ago

      *clears throat*, Big telescopes on mountain tops, telescope take pieces of algorithm from black hole spot, scientist make image.

  • diamond planet
    diamond planet 2 days ago

    Then why are you dealing it?

  • Roger Guevremont
    Roger Guevremont 2 days ago

    Why is the photo of the black hole suspicious? The black hole and the bright region surrounding it is spherical. Radiation is emitted in every direction from all over the spherical region just outside of the black hole (event horizon). For this reason there should be no black hole in the middle of the photo. This photo has been adjusted to make it suitable for headlines "first image of a black hole"

  • Abraham Zamora
    Abraham Zamora 2 days ago +1

    And on that day a meme was born and the internet thought it was good

  • Stan Marr
    Stan Marr 2 days ago

    If this was the first picture of the "black hole", based on what,were all the previous illustrations made???????...because this picture looks a lot like the previous illustrations... I mean...if there were never ever a picture of it,how were illustrations made???... I'm confused!!!

    • koala cousins
      koala cousins 2 days ago

      we either guessed, or we used the thing called science. I looked at a documentry and it's black hole is literally just a hole that's black. Because of the scientcy bois though we got a good guess of what a black hole would look like. but now we definitly know.

  • Bill_Loves_Softness
    Bill_Loves_Softness 2 days ago

    I always knew it would look like this.

  • Yayo
    Yayo 2 days ago

    Godspeed is faster than light

  • Jerome Claessen
    Jerome Claessen 2 days ago

    Nice cgi

  • DerTommynator
    DerTommynator 2 days ago

    I still don't understand why this picture is so important. I get that it's super hard to get a photo of a black hole, but do scientists now work with that photo, or do they now work on getting a better photo?

    • inffected 0
      inffected 0 2 days ago

      Its important because it's concrete proof that Black Holes actually exist. Before now we didnt actually have direct evidence for them, we could tell something had to be there based off of the gravitational effects they have on everything around them and we were 99% certain they were black holes, but we had never physically SEEN one to prove it until now. This image just proves what we've known for the past 100 years as without a doubt true.

  • FrozenRoxas
    FrozenRoxas 2 days ago

    So people compter-generated the photo from the data the telescopes picked up? Isn't that still technically a simulation / graphical representation, rather than a real photo?

    • koala cousins
      koala cousins 2 days ago

      Isn't that what photos do? they are just graphical simulations on our cellphones or computers...

  • noonesperfect
    noonesperfect 3 days ago

    this picture is brighter than our future

  • nitewolf
    nitewolf 3 days ago

    Some people are so unbelievably smart at points that it amazes me that the complete idiots are taking over the world

  • alxk78
    alxk78 3 days ago

    oh so they had to generate the image through data. Who knows what the hell were looking at.

    • koala cousins
      koala cousins 2 days ago

      cellphones generate images from data... your pictures on your devices are just lines of code

  • Olabinjo Adeniran
    Olabinjo Adeniran 3 days ago

    Someone at Vox definitely typed this narrative up and a bot is speaking to us. INCREDIBLE!

  • Jesus Christ
    Jesus Christ 3 days ago

    A "privileged" group of telescopes??? Wait. What? There weren't enough transgender telescopes represented by them??

  • Dinesh Kumar
    Dinesh Kumar 3 days ago +1

    What if it's someone's brown hole

  • YZ Cuber
    YZ Cuber 3 days ago

    So...we r actually seeing the image of the blackhole that is actually 55million years old

  • ThirdThumb x
    ThirdThumb x 3 days ago +1

    We are 1 day closer...

    To death. But hey ho we can see a black hole. Rip hawking 💔

  • bojo perez
    bojo perez 3 days ago

    nope lol even this picture is an illustration from data

  • Awais Noor
    Awais Noor 3 days ago

    That black hole picture is pulling me in

  • You see what i did there

    You guys do realize that the photo is about 55 million years ago right?

  • Yasir Irshad
    Yasir Irshad 3 days ago

    A truly remarkable moment in history and astronomy.

  • Cd 28
    Cd 28 3 days ago

    5:03 I think I have a blurry vision. I need glasses

  • Michael Björk
    Michael Björk 3 days ago

    It's still a generated image right? Since they used radio telescopes?

  • uchiha sausage
    uchiha sausage 3 days ago


  • Cerealynx
    Cerealynx 3 days ago

    What if that is just a photo held up by an alien who wanted to troll us humans who view us as worms compared to them :(

  • Darnell Hendeason
    Darnell Hendeason 3 days ago

    "Real" = "as close to authentic as we've gotten so far".

  • Nguyen Dang Hung Anh

    If scientist could take a picture of a black hole
    Their selfie pictures must be 8K right?

  • Rizqi ds
    Rizqi ds 3 days ago

    I love when you put a dramatic song to show that black hole picture.

  • Count DaMoney
    Count DaMoney 3 days ago

    Oh, so data from a bunch of hard drives was reconstructed and manipulated to produce this picture... oh, you say the image was generated over 4 months, an image that best represents the data.
    No image at all, a mathematical estimate called an image to feed a gullible world. Oh, I see, I gotcha now.
    "The dark part is the black hole's shadow." I coughed up my tea... so we also have the shadow of the CD on the moon.
    I call bullshit on this stuff.
    Pretend scientists lie as well as the best fraudster.

  • Tim Koehler
    Tim Koehler 3 days ago

    Tried 3 times get through the video but cant make it past 2:18 becaue of the narrators extremely annoying voice and saliva clicking in her mouth and jaws entire time.

  • Nikurasu
    Nikurasu 3 days ago

    The crazy thing is that its 54 Million Lightyears away. That means that 54 Million years ago, this light, that we see today, was emitted. It took 54 Million years for that light to get to us. And now imagine how long it takes for light to travel from the sun to us. Absolutely insane.

  • Luca Tirocchi
    Luca Tirocchi 3 days ago

    If Stephan Hawking lived only one more year, he would have seen the Black Hole

  • Justin Bartolome
    Justin Bartolome 3 days ago

    As a person do not understand science that's me 😂 i cant understand the all that physics i only understands black hole

  • Sohail Wahab
    Sohail Wahab 3 days ago