Breakthrough discovery in astronomy: first ever image of a black hole

Avaldati 10 apr 2019
On 10 April 2019 at 15:00 CEST (Brussels time) the European Commission presented a ground-breaking discovery by Event Horizon Telescope - an international scientific collaboration aiming to capture the first image of a black hole by creating a virtual Earth-sized telescope. EU-funded researchers play a key role in the project.
Black holes are extremely compressed cosmic objects, containing incredible amounts of mass within a tiny region. Their presence affects their surroundings in extreme ways, by warping spacetime and super-heating any material falling into it. The captured image reveals the black hole at the centre of Messier 87, a massive galaxy in the constellation of Virgo. This black hole is located 55 million light-years from Earth and has a mass 6.5-billion times larger than our sun.
Six press conferences around the world took place simultaneously. In Europe, Commissioner Moedas and lead scientists funded by the European Research Council held a press conference in Brussels to unveil the discovery.
- Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation
- Prof. Anton Zensus, Director at Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Bonn, Germany (Chair of the EHT Collaboration Board)
- Prof. Heino Falcke, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands (Chair of the EHT Science Council)
- Dr Monika Mościbrodzka, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands (EHT Working Group Coordinator)
- Prof. Luciano Rezzolla, Goethe Universität, Frankfurt, Germany (EHT Board Member)
- Prof. Eduardo Ros, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Bonn, Germany, (EHT Board Secretary)
EC press release:!nr97rr
Scientific press release by EHT:
More insights by Jonathan O’Callaghan's article:!mb77wB
Behind the scene with the black hole scientists:!xx46nf
#EHTBlackHole #BlackHoleDay #RealBlackHole #BlackHoles


  • I’m really lucky to be able to live and see this moment i’m so happy 💞

  • Now we have a black hole!!

  • Why does nobody care?😔

  • What degree has the event horizon and what vector has the force beyond it?

  • My heartiest congratulations to all Scientists who made efforts to prove Surah e Najam right...and to prove Albert Einstein right.. big day for human kind..

  • how much computing power does it take to transform the data?

  • While aliens are watching this and laughing at us....

  • cgi very cool .

  • It looks like . . . a hole of some type . . . a hole that is . . . black . . . a black hole!

  • yes cool ...BUT ...all this big news for only 1 pic seriously ? they cant have more than 1 or some video or.whatever ….

  • We’re little dots living in a digital world

  • It's so fascinate that I can't imagine the dimension of this fact. Tank's scientist people of the planet !!!

  • Why is this video so quiet? The audio track is 14 dB too low! I can barely hear the panelists with my sound turned to the max.

  • As I had seen this I was like; it is ugly but then I realised how much time is in that

  • Dr. Alex Durant : Into the black hole

  • Dr. Hans Reinhardt : Tonight, my friends, we stand on the brink of a feat unparalleled in space exploration. If the data on my returning probe matches my computerized calculations, I will travel where no man has dared to go. Dr. Alex Durant : Into the black hole

  • Does that mean that we can travel across the event horizon like in the film interstellar.

  • Collaboration of event horizon telescope M87 galaxy 53.5 million light years Mass of black hole is 6.5 billion times more than sun Diameter 100 billion kms Emits radioactive wave of blue colour and these waves are distributed in straight line upto 5000 light years When matter falls in black hole it starts rotating at Speed of light, it becomes hot and emits light(plasma) Why is the hole more bright at bottom ...bcoz either black hole is rotating or matter is is rotating in clockwise direction Fleet of sensitive mm wave telescope combined through supercomputer to form single large radio telescope

  • matter folds onto the black hole and starts to rotate. Why though why does matter folds in a b.h if the condition are violent inside of it. There no reaction from matter into a b.h gravity doesn't nullify whats go's inside a b.h.

  • Facinating introduction to a Great Project lke this

  • Newton's third law of motion "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." Every Black Hole must have a counterpart - you must think of a pair of (equal and opposite) Black Holes that eject matter at "each other". This is the center of galaxies, such as our Milky Way. The common axis of the two black holes is at the center of, and perpendicular to, the Milky Way's "Galactic Plane", for example. I did a video a few years ago describing how this fits into my theory:

  • Albert , steven RIP You are the legends. The science before you never become as science after you. Love you so much

  • Could black holes have existed prior to the Big Bang as singularities without a star needing to collapse? Based on how a black hole functions, speeding matter up to create heat or visible light, pre-big bang matter or fields of space traveling faster than the speed of light, maybe at the speed of infinity, which is the speed of space around everything, interacted with the black holes. The two super colossal forces then created matter that was flung across the Universe and eventually slowed and cooled down into the Universe today. Such black holes would not have been as powerful as the black hole that was discovered but could have dissipated into a potential cold spot or super void.

  • Here's a question. If the M87 Black Hole passes across in front of a nebula that 100 light years behind the black hole, does the black hole create a shadow on the nebula? Transiting black hole studies is a must.

  • How are there empty seats in there?

  • Makes you wonder if Stephen Hawking's soul didn't actually find the black hole.

  • We have learned that black holes resemble a conference room full of people and microphones discussing revealing an virtual telescope image of a black hole! It's true, I watched a bit of Senate hearing today and noticed the resemblance to a black hole!

  • I had a question about the jets.. shooting kpc’s away.. say M87 shoots a jet of light or a wave of energy 3,230 light years, 1 Kiliparsec, how long does that jet take to separate from the black hole and continue on its journey.. if its 1kpc long, wouldn’t it take 3,230 years to disappear if it was traveling at the speed of light? Thank you so much for sharing and congratulations on one of history’s finest discovery’s. I am so very proud to have watched this presentation and share it with my son. Thank you

  • I could have drawn that in Microsoft Paint.

  • Look its DARKSOULS xd

  • Anticlimactic but still a great achievement!

  • I wonder what would happen if a chocolate chip cookie fell into a black hole ; Could you still eat it?

  • Science rocks.

  • Surprised not to see Kate Bouman on stage? Then again, typical for bosses to steal all the glory.

  • And? So why is this so fantastic, its been there all the time now we can take a peek big deal

  • Now what will happen first: Milky Way crashing with Andromeda Or this Black Hole absorbing earth/ solar system/ Milky Way and andromeda together?

  • 👍🎇

  • Hello-Universe! 🌀

  • // The general relativity of Einstein is now approved. 👍

  • If only they got Sam Neill to announce. Opportunity lost to grow science interest numbers. (And this funding) /facepalm. I’m still happy though! Good job to everyone on the team!!!!

  • How come every comment has thousands of likes but no replies? Something fishy is going on...

  • Really? Black hole? Looks like a solar eclipse to me. 🙄

  • If it's a black hole and nothing gets away from it, how is there a corona around it

  • Cool! Although tbh I don’t feel anything about’s cool :(

  • How do we assume the outter ring is plasma? Or is that term used to just describe what it appears to be.

  • You are trying to politisize this event and thereby you are misleading the audience.

  • to avoid making the same mistakes as journalists... please not a scientist... and German!

  • Please do not talk in kilometers! AUs, light-years or parsecs...

  • So if a black hole sucks everything inside of it, including gravity and light, how is the uinverse expanding, and where does the matter that gets sucked into the blackhole hole go? These are questions that need to be answered😄

  • Finding a black hole 500 million trillion miles away!!! Finding aliens......................................

  • See. The earth is not flat.

  • I skipped the black hole chapter while reading HC Verma book.Who else also did that?

  • What is the point of this? When 95% of the ocean is undiscovered?

  • Turn the lights down bro,

  • Lord of the rings

  • Some people don't care about black holes and mysteries of universe. But not us. Not us


  • *TAIPEI*

  • Stephen Hawking IS THE BLACK HOLE

  • 7:40 no need to thank me

  • So PLEASE Make a Time Machine Now

  • So privileged to have seen one! What a beautiful sight from our universe

  • cool

  • human!!!

  • Our eyes and experience tell us the earth is flat and motionless, and everything in the sky revolves around us. But when we cease to believe our own senses we have to prostrate ourselves at the feet of these very pseudosciencentists who are blinding us, and treat them as experts. By brainwashing us with something gigantic and fundamental, it makes every other type of lesser indoctrination a piece of cake. Earth being the fixed stationary centre of the universe where which everything in the heavens revolves not only gives a special significance to earth, but to us humans the most intelligent of the intelligent designers design. By turning earth into a ball shot around the sun hurdling through infinite space from a godless Big Bang, they turn humanity into a random, meaningless, purposeless accident of a blind dumb universe. So it's like trauma based mind control, beating the divinity out of us with their mental manipulations. The modern atheist Big Bang heliocentric globe earth-chance evolution paradigm spiritually controls humanity by removing god, or any sort of intelligent design and replaces purposeful divine creation with haphazard random cosmic coincidence. By removing earth from the motionless centre of the universe, these Masons have moved us physically and metaphysically from a place of supreme importance to one of complete nihilistic indifference. If the earth is the centre of the universe then the idea of god, creation, and a purpose for human existence are resplendent. But if earth is just one of billions of planets revolving billions of stars in billions of galaxies, then the idea of god, creation, and a specific purpose for earth and human existence become highly implausible. So by surreptitiously indoctrinating us into their scientific materialist sun-worship not only do we lose faith in anything beyond the material, we gain absolute faith in materiality, superficiality, status, selfishness, hedonism, and consumerism. If there is no God and everyone is just an accident then all that really matters is me me me! Their rich, powerful corporations with slick sun-cult logos sell us idols to worship, slowly taking over the world while we tacitly believe their "science", vote for their politicians, buy their products, listen to their music, watch their movies, all sacrificing our souls at the altar of materialism.

  • Too long video ... Is there any indications of Hawking's Radiation from Blackhole?

  • Congrats to the U.S, the E.U, Russia, China, Japan & South Korea for this great project & history making feat.

  • Awesome work!!!!! My opinion, Why it will be a hole ?Is this is a three dimensional hole? Is we see any any three dimensional in our life? Holes are two dimensional so blackhole is not a hole and it is not a warm hole or a gate way to other universe .It is a dark sphere and extremely dense. why it appear dark is because of its extreme gravity and not allow light to escape.

  • Oh I’m going to tell my children that our generation saw the removal of a planet, start of memes, and now the first black hole appearance.

  • 🍩

  • What if the universe is a black hole itself?

  • Looks like someone squashed a jaffa cake.

  • im crying, I cant believe I finally get to see a real one.

  • 7:50 is where you want to start

  • Just knowing that we don’t know what happens if you enter a black hole scares me Isn’t their not ones that move around in space ?

  • This sounds like “black hole religion” Give me a break, These scientists are all delusional!

  • Magnificent science discovery ☯️

  • That's super cool ,but what's on the other side? Will NASA ever agree that The only way to discover anything is to send a "dumby" ? Their are many many people who would take that risk .I being 1 knowing I might not come home.....I believe its better to send one Man or Woman in exchange for the countless 9 month abortions being approved by our politicians

  • I watched the conference in the same breath. Emotions overlap. What are these guys! Я на одном дыхании смотрел конференцию. Эмоции перехлёстывают. Какие же молодцы эти ребята!!!

  • Wow #history

  • would be interesting to send a nuclear missile into a black hole and see what happens

  • Why are they clapping we could die

  • thank you for this fantastic gift.

  • La cuestion aqui es : hay vida intelligente sobre la tierra ???

  • Here’s what you came for 7:53

  • This is history we are watching, kids are gonna be watching this in 2090 in their history classes

  • It's amazing to think what could be achieved with human collaboration but so many things are holding us back

  • I hope we go through the black hole

  • Discover the cure for cancer, instead of imaginary black holes.

  • A major breakthrough in astronomy.

  • Mhmmm super computer

  • Politictions Globally need to get on Board and Make Science, Real Science The Number one funded thing for Humanity... And my country needs to wake up stop lieing NASA, and get on board with things. This is absolutely amazing. This is the stuff that moves us in direction of space that president Kennedy was talking about... The Moon and beyond. Our country is probably dead last in really caring about these breakthrough scientific findings., Cause after the mid eighties we went by to bed. Absolutely a waste of the last 50 plus years. We could have bn to Mars as a Global community already.. multiple times, Terra forming it. Great job everyone involved in this endeavor. Imagine the endless possibilities out there...what is past the next Horizon...? What Event lies there...? For Humanity sake... People ND to get on board.

  • Hope it is not the same story as neil armstrong

  • This is amazing

  • Congratulations. And Congratulations may he Rest.i.p. Einstein, that again... In just recent years that another theory of his and how he thought worked... Was Correct... That being Gravity works with Waves. Absolutely Awesome.

  • Wow. I never thought I'd get to see one in my lifetime... We've seen the unseeable. This is a defining moment in history.

  • this is our purpose in life. to discover what life really is.

  • So what? It makes for a fabulous story and represents an achievement for astronomers but, it's a meaningless blob to me. That's the problem with science, it's full of facts and devoid of meaning.

  • We found black hole now what ?

  • so ... if the earth is spinning 1000 mph on its axix... travelling around the sun at much more speed... etc etc how did you manage to capture such an accurate zoom to the black hole???