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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 13 days ago
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cairo
cairo 6 days ago
Really great script, and narration Joss, you have a talent. :)
Èlia Gàmiz
Èlia Gàmiz 7 days ago
+Brett MacnChee go suck pewdipie's lasagna
Tina Rhodes
Tina Rhodes 7 days ago
There's something round in black in side of it
Tina Rhodes
Tina Rhodes 7 days ago
When you take your camera point it at the sun
Tina Rhodes
Tina Rhodes 7 days ago
I think a black hole is in the sun
Chris Hansen
Chris Hansen Hour 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 14 hours ago
Image based on data from waves that they assume are a black hole. What a giant waste of money
can donghan marry me?
Einstein's theories didn't even need to be tested when he was alive! He knew he was correct!
- aesthetic_boi -
lmao this went from history to meme in a day
Last Chance
Last Chance Day ago
Light: I am the fastest Black hole: try to pass Me
riyas ki
riyas ki Day 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 days ago
I wonder how the first guy to see it felt like
Clonetos
Clonetos 2 days ago
Back at union point we called that a glory hole
Mike Youtube
Mike Youtube 2 days ago
Because of a viral campaign. Most people only cared because they believed most people actually cared.
jonathan smith
jonathan smith 2 days ago
I never thought scientists and mathematicians could illustrate a black hole so accurately, long before we actually saw one.
Tom Lin
Tom Lin 2 days ago
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.
Hello Universe
Hello Universe 2 days ago
Hello Universe! 🌌🌀
Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson 2 days 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 3 days ago
The truth is its not a big deal its only 2019 humans are stupid
Monk S
Monk S 3 days ago
This is not a photograph. It is not a picture of a black hole.
Star Lemon077
Star Lemon077 3 days ago
Lol cat eye black hole
Could Be Anybody
Could Be Anybody 3 days ago
This is the first time one of VOX's video's have actually been relevant and consistent lol.
K. Khurana
K. Khurana 4 days ago
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 4 days 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 4 days 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 4 days 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 4 days ago
A *privileged* group of telescopes
crankcall2u
crankcall2u 4 days ago
Black hoe
Bob Brown
Bob Brown 4 days 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 4 days 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 5 days 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 5 days ago
No barionic matter can’t travel faster. But ok
Ninja Xhyper
Ninja Xhyper 5 days ago
Its just a donut thats blurred to make people think its a blackhole
Ixion Music
Ixion Music 4 days ago
lol
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Black Hole:The Universe's Dumpsite, asserting 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 5 days ago
it's God's eye looking at us.
RIXETHEM
RIXETHEM 5 days ago
Good, finally
T Bjornsson
T Bjornsson 5 days ago
that was an abrupt ending!
Carl Shorter
Carl Shorter 5 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 5 days ago
This is scary
H e c k Y e a h
H e c k Y e a h 6 days ago
It looks like a glazed donut to me
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*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
Black hole for stephen hawking fapping
Patrick Lockwood
Patrick Lockwood 6 days ago
Picture taken with an android
squidy random
squidy random 6 days ago
Wew
CFH M3TAL
CFH M3TAL 6 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 6 days ago
6:07 "So that's why it's real."
zznug 2
zznug 2 6 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 6 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 7 days ago
where is Katie Bouman in this video.
Ant
Ant 7 days ago
2:42 is that a peni-
Luciuslikes Raña
My teachers cosine is the discoverer of that black hole
Tina Rhodes
Tina Rhodes 7 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
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 7 days ago
It’s not a picture
parampaa2
parampaa2 7 days ago
It only took minutes before it is made into a meme.
Anonymous U
Anonymous U 7 days ago
An “Unseeable” Black Hole
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Black holes are "invisible". The first image of this black hole is blurry.
Lee Yan Lei
Lee Yan Lei 7 days ago
It looks similar to nuclear medical imaging of the short axis of the heart!
grin and bear it -
Black hole is like a demonrat, it takes everything you feed it and never gives in return.
Call Me Yamato
Call Me Yamato 7 days ago
If Only Stephen Hawking Lived One More Year.
Kem Ko
Kem Ko 7 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 7 days ago
"Nothing moves faster than speed of light " she says . Has she not heard of Warp Drives , I ask ? :-)
Renato Cara
Renato Cara 5 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 7 days ago
the black hole we captured is Super massive black hole or other?
Steffi Castandillo
The effort they put just to capture the first image is damn hard
BxckStxbber 12
BxckStxbber 12 7 days ago
Me: OMG THE FIRST BLACK HOLE IMAGE!! 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 8 days ago
WAIT THIS IS REAL???
Itay Maoz
Itay Maoz 8 days ago
Why do you say centuries ago, it has been barley 1
Famous TV
Famous TV 8 days ago
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Dirga Buana
Dirga Buana 8 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 8 days ago
Is this video from the future? Because from where I'm watching 1916 is not "centuries ago".
Jun Shibata
Jun Shibata 8 days ago
This was a Japanese team that made this find. No mention?
Bugsy
Bugsy 8 days ago
obviously fake
Bugsy
Bugsy 8 days ago
wake up sheeple
Binker
Binker 8 days ago
This presentation is best viewed alongside something like "Wallace Thornhill: Black Hole or Plasmoid?"
RafPlayZ
RafPlayZ 8 days ago
Light:**Travelling** BlackHole:*NOM NOM NOM*
barritoo thy
barritoo thy 8 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 8 days ago
This is a heated nut. It even has six sides. :-D
Spondon.14 Gaming
thats really lit
Demo Real
Demo Real 8 days ago
fake scientists can tell BS about astrophysics for years and journos will believe everything they say
Marcus Doherty
Marcus Doherty 8 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 8 days ago
Still don't understand how they did this, can someone explain in a easy 1+1=2 way?
Akshay Mali
Akshay Mali 8 days ago
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 8 days ago
Flex tape ?
R.D. outlaw
R.D. outlaw 8 days ago
So how does this save the world , prevent starvation in 3rd world countries !
Ian Williams
Ian Williams 8 days 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 8 days ago
The eye of Saruron is real!
Chivo Chivito
Chivo Chivito 8 days ago
I’m still lost even more after watching this lol
Simon Ruszczak
Simon Ruszczak 8 days ago
Bullshit, it's a plasmoid.
F.B.I
F.B.I 8 days ago
Is it sad that if Steven Hawkins lived a year longer he would have seen a black hole
Ray Mak
Ray Mak 8 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 8 days ago
We need a galaxy 10s for take pictures better than photos this 😂
Harsh Jaiswal
Harsh Jaiswal 8 days ago
Joss
Dawn Marie May
Dawn Marie May 8 days ago
I heard it was the end of Snoop Dogs Blunt. Lol.
Shubham Mourya
Shubham Mourya 8 days ago
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???
Mariyeh Mushtaq
Mariyeh Mushtaq 8 days 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 8 days ago
Looks like God enjoys a donut with his coffee.
K Clark
K Clark 8 days ago
Pure propaganda and deception. So easy to see through this. What is wrong with you guys?
Na Sha
Na Sha 8 days ago
her voice is stirring me up
mash made
mash made 8 days ago
might be a plasmoid not a black hole
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