Why this black hole photo is such a big deal

Science & Technology

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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    2 months ago

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  • Andy Martinez

    Andy Martinez

    13 days ago

    Gif was more disappointing than this USdownload channel.

  • Chris Hendricks

    Chris Hendricks

    Month ago

    *why did you presumed we have 7secs attention span?* 🤣

  • cairo


    Month ago

    Really great script, and narration Joss, you have a talent. :)

  • Èlia Gàmiz

    Èlia Gàmiz

    Month ago

    @Brett MacnChee go suck pewdipie's lasagna

  • Tina Rhodes

    Tina Rhodes

    Month ago

    There's something round in black in side of it

  • digitalsonder


    10 hours 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

    2 days ago

    Yet the nasa data was lost

  • The Word Forever

    The Word Forever

    12 days ago

    "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

    13 days ago

    It is not a photo it is made up BS.

  • Bernardo Ortiz

    Bernardo Ortiz

    14 days ago

    This is fake, astronauts threw an android from the moon with a slingshot and took a picture

  • iTzRemo


    15 days ago

    its not real

  • The Gooberment-Sucks

    The Gooberment-Sucks

    15 days ago

    Turns out it was debris on the lens

  • Depressed Cat

    Depressed Cat

    15 days ago

    Nobody: Vox:WhY ThiS BlaCk hOLe pHOto iS sUcH a BiG DeAL

  • Goldenboy 214

    Goldenboy 214

    16 days 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


    16 days ago

    it looks like a donut

  • Galimah


    17 days ago

    the only other feat by humans that comes close to this is the game X-com: UFO Defense

  • Kpshyamala Palanippandi

    Kpshyamala Palanippandi

    19 days ago

    Who else is scrolling through the comments

  • Momchil Andonov

    Momchil Andonov

    21 day 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

    23 days 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


    10 days ago

    @XY ZW No, but the theory for why we stick to the ground is equally applicable for black holes.

  • Bugler55


    23 days 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

    23 days ago

    Orange space donut

  • Tinashe Masoka

    Tinashe Masoka

    24 days ago

    You didn't explain why it's a big deal, ya you make it clear that It was very hard but why the hell does this image matter

  • TwiSteD Cringe

    TwiSteD Cringe

    24 days ago

    *When u are the most powerful being in the space but people makes memes on u* *Cries in Space*

  • fat cunt

    fat cunt

    25 days ago

    Guys... that's me in the womb

  • noob now

    noob now

    25 days ago

    I don’t like the line “that’s coming towards us”

  • Dark MaesterTM

    Dark MaesterTM

    27 days ago

    1987 : we will travel faster than light 2019 : Oh finally got a pic of a black hole



    28 days ago

    "so thats why it's real" lmao he just said they used a computer, aka CGI computer generated muthafuken image...

  • rest


    26 days ago

    I mean hey we could just literally wait many more years just to take a picture of a black hole in person and setting humanity behind a 1000 years because we have to disprove the claims of the conspiracy theorists.



    28 days ago

    I can't believe you guys believe this bullshit

  • Bernard van Tonder

    Bernard van Tonder

    28 days ago

    "At the centre of the black hole is a singularity. A point of infinite density." Really? How do you know it's infinitely dense? Isn't it possible that it's finitely dense but beyond our measurement capabilities?

  • Bugler55


    23 days ago

    No, because the mass keeps accelerating inwards. If it's finitely dense as in your view, what's in the pinpoint center?

  • Flying Dude

    Flying Dude

    Month ago

    For me at least 20% of the deal is how cute Katie Bouman is. Like that picture of Margaret Hamilton besides her pile of code.

  • Da Jerry

    Da Jerry

    Month ago

    In 19st People: the black hole is black remember kids Now People:Omfg lets make meme about da reel black hole

  • dylan storm trooper der

    dylan storm trooper der

    Month ago

    it could be anything except nothing :)-nothing

  • Prophet YouTube

    Prophet YouTube

    Month ago

    I got in a black hole last night, was gooood!

  • O .W

    O .W

    Month ago

    Black holes are just black as no one bothered to turn the light on.

  • Yoshi_Dino_Kiddo


    Month ago

    If only mr hawking was still alive.

  • Fajar Setiawan

    Fajar Setiawan

    Month ago

    I can imagine many physicist nerds around the world are crying in joy.....

  • buzi vagy

    buzi vagy

    Month ago

    *thought that its a donut but ok*

  • Cuddles the Cat

    Cuddles the Cat

    Month ago

    Astronomers: *puts different satellites so they can dance simultaneously so they can take a picture from a super long distance away* Gamers: It looks like the eye of an OwO face. Memers: Let’s just “fix” it. Astronomers: _do we have to travel to a black hole now?_

  • Zeitgeist X

    Zeitgeist X

    Month ago

    Vox like most lazy press outfits was too lazy to explain how we never took a photo of a black hole at all and that image is computer generated based on a algorithm from the data they were able to gather from slices of the object they were able to image. Vox couldve explained that their actual paper literally presents several possible models of the object based on their algorithm. But why not click bait like everywhere else.

  • Spencer Panes

    Spencer Panes

    Month ago

    Einstein is still being glorified every astounding discoveries in space that involves his own discoveries! Genius level infinite...

  • Sorryごめんなさい


    Month ago

    *my science teacher when she heard we finally got a picture of a place hole*

  • Miau Works

    Miau Works

    Month ago

    So, Nolan's version kinda correct?

  • hwv455


    Month ago

    "Nothing travels faster than the speed of light"...........But a Black hole does exactly that!..."Light cannot escape a Black hole".

  • Bugler55


    23 days ago

    Force /= Velocity

  • Sweet_ kookie

    Sweet_ kookie

    Month ago

    I have a question!! I've read that there are many black holes in our galaxy which is the Milky way. Why did they need to capture it from different galaxy if there is a black hole in the Milky way? I'm just curious😁

  • Sweet_ kookie

    Sweet_ kookie

    Month ago

    @Flying Dude ohhh😮😮 thanks

  • Flying Dude

    Flying Dude

    Month ago

    Because none of the black holes in the Milky Way are large enough to be captured. The M87 galaxy, and its central black hole, are monsters compared to the Milky Way and its central black hole (Sagittarius*).

  • Jus Les

    Jus Les

    Month ago

    All this years ive been looking at illustrations!What else is an illustration, the moon!

  • Aman Panda

    Aman Panda

    Month ago

    So Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity which he formulated almost a century ago holds true today. How can you not like this or be amazed or marvel at this breakthrough

  • Creative Nothing

    Creative Nothing

    25 days ago

    @SCRUFFS BEATZ [citation needed]



    28 days ago

    This is false

  • MrBorey YT

    MrBorey YT

    Month ago

    Why dont just take the image of the black hole in our galaxy

  • lz factz

    lz factz

    Month ago

    this is just a photoshop, you can not see radio waves. it is not real image, it is simulation representation of real object

  • neferpitous


    Month ago

    lz factz you’re right in that humans can’t see radio waves with the naked eye, however radio waves are just a higher frequency ( smaller wavelength ) form of the light that we can see on the visible spectrum, they’re just as real. Similar to infrared cameras, these satellites help our eyes ‘see’ the black hole by interpreting the information ( energy ) around it and forming an image we can understand. Would you consider the image from infrared cameras a simulation?

  • Rich Warega

    Rich Warega

    Month ago

    The next big thing in physics will be interstellar travel.. there must be a way to travel at light speed.. hope i get to see it in my life time

  • Flying Dude

    Flying Dude

    Month ago

    Not going to happen, but we'll probably see the first man on Mars, and a lot of cool AI :)

  • Ramon White

    Ramon White

    Month ago

    I still think the black whole is a wrap. I think it can wrap you to other parts of space. The Universe is a big place. I call it the Ramon Theory

  • yakub natal

    yakub natal

    Month ago

    Now everyone makes a joke of the photo because of the name

  • Mike


    Month ago

    This is the first time in History we see a relativistic object. What we see is space and time distorted image. Our brain has not evoluted to see these things, and most of us do not understand what is seeing.

  • Javier


    Month ago

    I am just the right amount of high for this

  • Daniel Geoffrion

    Daniel Geoffrion

    Month ago

    That picture is not a big deal at all. Infact, all it is is someone's imagination. Main stream science today is just a false religion sending the populist to hell because of thier worship of it. It blows my mind how asleep everyone is. And here I am on vox's propaganda youtube channel. Bleh

  • Amber Ambwee

    Amber Ambwee

    Month ago

    Black hole: *makes pac man eating motions*

  • Queston


    Month ago

    1:01 there actually is, look it up

  • ConnorWaddell


    Month ago

    Vox you forgot to mention Trump

  • Tong Nguyen

    Tong Nguyen

    Month ago


  • GobermouchDoggo


    Month ago

    You can't take a picture of a black hole

  • The Hero No One Gives A Shit About

    The Hero No One Gives A Shit About

    Month ago

    Those things you observed is just Goku being super sain.

  • Denise Nova

    Denise Nova

    Month ago

    Uh baby don‘t you know I suffer...

  • Donald H Lebert

    Donald H Lebert

    Month ago

    Two things I would like to point out 1)Isn't this the very definition of the paradox that some have described as could God create an object(a rock) heavier than what He could lift? 2)The fact that the force that a black hole creates is greater than the speed of light would by definition be a faster than light situation, because it traps light and pulls it in. Just a thought a theory

  • MILO gonEmad

    MILO gonEmad

    Month ago

    I bet all the scientist quaking out their boots!

  • MilkTea


    Month ago

    Short answer: Because it's a HUGE step forward in technology and humanity. Long answer: well let's break this down-

  • heikki k

    heikki k

    Month ago

    Earth is flat

  • Fishy Swords

    Fishy Swords

    Month ago

    it's like it's a space monsters red eye and he's on his way. XD

  • Sima


    Month ago

    imagine being an ant and knowing this

  • Volkan Yi

    Volkan Yi

    Month ago

    Its just the Stop Light of GTR..

  • neklad


    Month ago

    Mine GT-R brake light is rectangular.

  • Joan Jamito

    Joan Jamito

    Month ago

    that was not black hole

  • George Pecherek

    George Pecherek

    Month ago

    Then what is it?

  • Peter Luxus

    Peter Luxus

    Month ago

    The super computer has developed a consciousness and it put the black hole in the calculated photo in order to please his creator.

  • Rashon Moss

    Rashon Moss

    Month ago

    What blows my mind is that the black hole probably doesn’t actually exist anymore and we’re just seeing the images of it millions of years later.

  • Chris Hansen

    Chris Hansen

    Month ago

    Am i the only one that found out about this before the meme.

  • MCM Studios Pittsburgh Recording Studio

    MCM Studios Pittsburgh Recording Studio

    Month ago

    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

    Month ago

    Image based on data from waves that they assume are a black hole. What a giant waste of money

  • can donghan marry me?

    can donghan marry me?

    Month ago

    Einstein's theories didn't even need to be tested when he was alive! He knew he was correct!

  • - aesthetic_boi -

    - aesthetic_boi -

    Month ago

    lmao this went from history to meme in a day

  • Last Chance

    Last Chance

    Month ago

    Light: I am the fastest Black hole: try to pass Me

  • riyas ki

    riyas ki

    Month 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

    Month ago

    I wonder how the first guy to see it felt like

  • Clonetos


    Month ago

    Back at union point we called that a glory hole

  • Mike Youtube

    Mike Youtube

    Month ago

    Because of a viral campaign. Most people only cared because they believed most people actually cared.

  • jonathan smith

    jonathan smith

    Month ago

    I never thought scientists and mathematicians could illustrate a black hole so accurately, long before we actually saw one.

  • Tom Lin

    Tom Lin

    Month 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.

  • O .W

    O .W

    Month ago

    Even if they are small and near us. We will all die. Have a lovely life!

  • Hello Universe

    Hello Universe

    Month ago

    Hello Universe! 🌌🌀

  • Thomas Jefferson

    Thomas Jefferson

    Month 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

    Month ago

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

  • Monk S

    Monk S

    Month ago

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

  • Star Lemon077

    Star Lemon077

    Month ago

    Lol cat eye black hole

  • Could Be Anybody

    Could Be Anybody

    Month ago

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

  • Aman


    Month ago

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

  • First Last

    First Last

    Month ago

    You win the internet.

  • Cymoon RBACpro

    Cymoon RBACpro

    Month 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

    Month 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

    Month 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

    Month ago

    A *privileged* group of telescopes

  • crankcall2u


    Month ago

    Black hoe

  • Bob Brown

    Bob Brown

    Month 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


    Month 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

    Month 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

    Month ago

    No barionic matter can’t travel faster. But ok

  • Ninja Xhyper

    Ninja Xhyper

    Month ago

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

  • Ixion Music

    Ixion Music

    Month ago


  • TruthSeeker Ultimate

    TruthSeeker Ultimate

    Month ago

    Black Hole:The Universe's Dumpsite, asserting the Evidence of INTELLIGENT DESIGN !!!

  • pujarani Maharana

    pujarani Maharana

    Month ago

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

  • Deborah AIchele

    Deborah AIchele

    Month ago

    it's God's eye looking at us.



    Month ago

    Good, finally

  • T Bjornsson

    T Bjornsson

    Month ago

    that was an abrupt ending!

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