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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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Apr 10, 2019

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Vox
Vox 3 months ago
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1000th like
Andy Martinez
Andy Martinez Month ago
Gif was more disappointing than this USvid channel.
Chris Hendricks
Chris Hendricks 2 months ago
*why did you presumed we have 7secs attention span?* 🤣
cairo
cairo 3 months ago
Really great script, and narration Joss, you have a talent. :)
Èlia Gàmiz
Èlia Gàmiz 3 months ago
@Brett MacnChee go suck pewdipie's lasagna
The Local Ciggy Shop
this was a show that showed on a tv channel
ianxboss
ianxboss 11 hours ago
I didn't know that black holes had penises 2:40
LovelyLoli
LovelyLoli Day ago
*Can we get an Amen for Stephen Hawkings?*
akash jena
akash jena Day ago
So basically an illustration based on data points
aud rxy
aud rxy Day ago
Rip those stars that get trapped by black hole😢😢😢😢 Rip mah grammar.
jhaz89
jhaz89 Day ago
Only legit if I can see it in 4k at 120 fps with less than 70 ping. 54 million light years might cause some lag.
Pablo Pulido
Pablo Pulido Day ago
We need to put a telescope on the edge of our galaxy and transmit them back here.
Pablo Pulido
Pablo Pulido Day ago
We still don’t really know what it looks like. There could be different shaped black holes for all we know
Cute Krishna
Cute Krishna 2 days ago
Good place to dump our Waste 🙂
Big 1 Nick
Big 1 Nick 3 days ago
“Nothing goes faster than light” Cameras: well I took a picture of a black hole 54 million light years away
I add irrelevant comments to videos
Bruh, point 2 cameras at the black hole, 1 for photos and the other 1 for videos.
Beanmachine91
Beanmachine91 5 days ago
the center of every galaxy is a black hole, or is it?
Beanmachine91
Beanmachine91 2 days ago
i heard some shoot out beams of light, like a death ray lol @dominic
dominic
dominic 2 days ago
yes
Aravind Reddy K
Aravind Reddy K 6 days ago
Ask Tony stark he might have a picture Already..
Captain America
Captain America 7 days ago
What happened to the dude that normally narrates these vox videos?
deathstar94
deathstar94 7 days ago
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
Phantoms Animations
The thumbnail black hole looks like an eye!
lord beerus
lord beerus 9 days ago
everything about universe is scary and awesome at same time......
BAMF
BAMF 10 days ago
wow 20 years of work. This probably the most time spent on making a meme i have known.
HongKong ball
HongKong ball 11 days ago
all i see is a donut
As If Aye Mate
As If Aye Mate 12 days ago
What if a black hole is really just a black planet where Africans live ?
As If Aye Mate
As If Aye Mate 12 days ago
For all we know that image that was taken could've captured something that has happened millions of years ago.
Pagong27Gaming
Pagong27Gaming 12 days ago
I'm going to nickname this image as "The Blurry Black Hole Image."
Name
Name 13 days ago
Inside the black hole is our system administrator
ahsan iqbal
ahsan iqbal 14 days ago
It's a kid's doing and adults just came up with the big idea
s s
s s 15 days ago
Photoshop black hole,there is no black hole
Sassa M
Sassa M 10 days ago
s s Explain.
Master Gamer
Master Gamer 18 days ago
Born to early to see the end of memes born just right to see the blackhole
Caroline Kessler
Caroline Kessler 18 days ago
I just don’t understand space
Roman Kondrachov
Roman Kondrachov 21 day ago
Extraordinary stuff!
Khairul Nizam
Khairul Nizam 22 days ago
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
tyler mack the game child
Imagine if we were in that computer
Astronuat Izzy
Astronuat Izzy 23 days ago
I-ts s-so beautiful 😭 Such a discovery can blow your mind Sniff*
Chi Pa Pa
Chi Pa Pa 25 days 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.
Chi Pa Pa
Chi Pa Pa 10 days ago
@CryoToast Unless humans colonize other planets. There are already plans being made for Mars.
CryoToast
CryoToast 13 days ago
Well, our sun will explode before that, and humans will have been extinct for billions of years
sportster306
sportster306 28 days ago
4 seconds in and they can’t stay away from the word privileged 🙃 shocking
ChristianTRP
ChristianTRP Month 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 Month 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 Month ago
Yet the nasa data was lost
The Word Forever
"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 Month ago
It is not a photo it is made up BS.
Sassa M
Sassa M 10 days ago
Scotty Storm Explain.
Bernardo Ortiz
Bernardo Ortiz Month ago
This is fake, astronauts threw an android from the moon with a slingshot and took a picture
Sassa M
Sassa M 10 days ago
Bernardo Ortiz Explain how that would create such an image
iTzRemo
iTzRemo Month ago
its not real
The Gooberment-Sucks
Turns out it was debris on the lens
Depressed Cat
Depressed Cat Month ago
Nobody: Vox:WhY ThiS BlaCk hOLe pHOto iS sUcH a BiG DeAL
Goldenboy 214
Goldenboy 214 Month 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 Month ago
it looks like a donut
Galimah
Galimah Month ago
the only other feat by humans that comes close to this is the game X-com: UFO Defense
Kpshyamala Palanippandi
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
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 Month 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
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