Why this black hole photo is such a big deal

Avaldati 10 apr 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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    • Really great script, and narration Joss, you have a talent. :)

    • +Brett MacnChee go suck pewdipie's lasagna

    • There's something round in black in side of it

    • When you take your camera point it at the sun

    • I think a black hole is in the sun

  • 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! 🌌🌀

  • 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.....

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

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

  • Lol cat eye black hole

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

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

  • 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

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • A *privileged* group of telescopes

  • Black hoe

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • No barionic matter can’t travel faster. But ok

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

  • Black Hole:The Universe's Dumpsite which provides the Evidence of INTELLIGENT DESIGN !!!

  • The real information of black hole in this linkwww.lookchup.com/read-blog/850931

  • it's God's eye looking at us.

  • Good, finally

  • that was an abrupt ending!

  • 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....

  • This is scary

  • It looks like a glazed donut to me

  • *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.*

  • Black hole for stephen hawking fapping

  • Picture taken with an android

  • Wew

  • Photo= pieces from different places put together by 4 different teams. Call me when u get that actual photo... A Polaroid should do

  • 6:07 "So that's why it's real."

  • ah so now those 'images' are illustrations...funny how they omitted that when they where presenting black holes before

  • The modern idea for a black hole hasn't been around for centuries, just caught that at the beginning.

  • where is Katie Bouman in this video.

  • 2:42 is that a peni-

  • My teachers cosine is the discoverer of that black hole

  • 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

  • Can you make a video about The world corruption free, and what happen each country economy and peoples lovelihood. Can poverty decline?

  • It’s not a picture

  • It only took minutes before it is made into a meme.

  • An “Unseeable” Black Hole

  • Black holes are "invisible". The first image of this black hole is blurry.

  • It looks similar to nuclear medical imaging of the short axis of the heart!

  • Black hole is like a demonrat, it takes everything you feed it and never gives in return.

  • If Only Stephen Hawking Lived One More Year.

  • WTF? It's no "image" at all. Using a histogram? To estimate the diameter? This is complete BS! Nothing more than a fuzzy CGI that is now being passed onto the world to justify the cost. $19,300,000 for a best guess fuzzy computer generated image? Again, I say WTF? Will you nerds please explain to someone who clearly isn't as smart as you, why this is nothing more than science fiction, and why using "innovative algorithms" that create an image that isn't real, is an achievement?

  • 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.

  • "Nothing moves faster than speed of light " she says . Has she not heard of Warp Drives , I ask ? :-)

    • A foton traveling through a (hypothetical) warp drive is still faster than anything else. So yes, nothing is faster than light.

  • the black hole we captured is Super massive black hole or other?

  • The effort they put just to capture the first image is damn hard

  • Me: OMG THE FIRST BLACK HOLE IMAGE!! Girls: ...Ew that's the worst pic quality ever

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


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

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

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

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

  • obviously fake

    • wake up sheeple

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

  • Light:**Travelling** BlackHole:*NOM NOM NOM*

  • 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!

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

  • thats really lit

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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 !

  • Flex tape ?

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

  • Because it’s the first visual representation of Kobe Bryant

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

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

  • The eye of Saruron is real!

  • I’m still lost even more after watching this lol

  • Bullshit, it's a plasmoid.

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

  • The place of infinite density

  • 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.

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

  • Joss

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

  • 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???

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

  • Looks like God enjoys a donut with his coffee.

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

  • her voice is stirring me up

  • might be a plasmoid not a black hole

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

  • And people still believe in god


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

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

  • 0:13 GTA san andreas big ear right?

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

  • And here people are still thinking that earth is flat😁

  • 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

  • wait does someone here say 'man, too bad stephen hawking dot, dot, dot, dot,'