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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  • Vox

    Vox

    7 days ago

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  • cairo

    cairo

    5 hours ago

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

  • Èlia Gàmiz

    Èlia Gàmiz

    13 hours ago

    +Brett MacnChee go suck pewdipie's lasagna

  • Tina Rhodes

    Tina Rhodes

    14 hours ago

    There's something round in black in side of it

  • Tina Rhodes

    Tina Rhodes

    14 hours ago

    When you take your camera point it at the sun

  • Tina Rhodes

    Tina Rhodes

    14 hours ago

    I think a black hole is in the sun

  • CFH M3TAL

    CFH M3TAL

    2 hours 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 hours ago

    6:07 "So that's why it's real."

  • zznug 2

    zznug 2

    6 hours ago

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

  • Nicholas Harp

    Nicholas Harp

    8 hours ago

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

  • William Alarie

    William Alarie

    9 hours ago

    where is Katie Bouman in this video.

  • Ant

    Ant

    10 hours ago

    2:42 is that a peni-

  • Luciuslikes Raña

    Luciuslikes Raña

    13 hours ago

    My teachers cosine is the discoverer of that black hole

  • Tina Rhodes

    Tina Rhodes

    14 hours 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

    Manasseh Gallemit

    15 hours ago

    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

    17 hours ago

    It’s not a picture

  • parampaa2

    parampaa2

    18 hours ago

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

  • Anonymous U

    Anonymous U

    19 hours ago

    An “Unseeable” Black Hole

  • Pagong27Gaming Mapping and More!

    Pagong27Gaming Mapping and More!

    19 hours ago

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

  • Lee Yan Lei

    Lee Yan Lei

    21 hour ago

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

  • grin and bear it -

    grin and bear it -

    23 hours ago

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

  • Call Me Yamato

    Call Me Yamato

    23 hours ago

    If Only Stephen Hawking Lived One More Year.

  • Arcadian Duke

    Arcadian Duke

    Day ago

    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?

  • Kem Ko

    Kem Ko

    Day 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

    Day ago

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

  • shaul sharabi

    shaul sharabi

    Day ago

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

  • Steffi Castandillo

    Steffi Castandillo

    Day ago

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

  • BxckStxbber 12

    BxckStxbber 12

    Day ago

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

  • Jovani Quiroz

    Jovani Quiroz

    Day ago

    Meh

  • GAMING MACHINE (tankionline)

    GAMING MACHINE (tankionline)

    Day ago

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

  • yoboytrel

    yoboytrel

    Day ago

    WAIT THIS IS REAL???

  • Itay Maoz

    Itay Maoz

    Day ago

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

  • Famous TV

    Famous TV

    Day ago

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  • Dirga Buana

    Dirga Buana

    Day ago

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

  • Pan Damasque

    Pan Damasque

    Day ago

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

  • Jun Shibata

    Jun Shibata

    Day ago

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

  • Bugsy

    Bugsy

    Day ago

    obviously fake

  • Bugsy

    Bugsy

    Day ago

    wake up sheeple

  • Binker

    Binker

    Day ago

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

  • RafPlayZ

    RafPlayZ

    Day ago

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

  • barritoo thy

    barritoo thy

    Day 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

    Day ago

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

  • Spondon.14 Gaming

    Spondon.14 Gaming

    Day ago

    thats really lit

  • Demo Real

    Demo Real

    Day ago

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

  • Marcus Doherty

    Marcus Doherty

    Day 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

    Day ago

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

  • Akshay Mali

    Akshay Mali

    Day 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 !

  • Gary Gurniak

    Gary Gurniak

    Day ago

    I see black holes everyday and a bunch of Whitey ones to

  • Duc Duc

    Duc Duc

    Day ago

    Flex tape ?

  • R.D. outlaw

    R.D. outlaw

    Day ago

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

  • Ian Williams

    Ian Williams

    Day ago

    Because it’s the first visual representation of Kobe Bryant

  • Titan Smash Games

    Titan Smash Games

    Day ago

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

  • Chuttunt Chumnong

    Chuttunt Chumnong

    Day ago

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

  • Razordreamz

    Razordreamz

    Day ago

    The eye of Saruron is real!

  • Chivo Chivito

    Chivo Chivito

    Day ago

    I’m still lost even more after watching this lol

  • Simon Ruszczak

    Simon Ruszczak

    Day ago

    Bullshit, it's a plasmoid.

  • F.B.I

    F.B.I

    Day ago

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

  • Ray Mak

    Ray Mak

    2 days ago

    The place of infinite density

  • The Duke 71000 71000

    The Duke 71000 71000

    2 days ago

    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

    2 days ago

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

  • Harsh Jaiswal

    Harsh Jaiswal

    2 days ago

    Joss

  • Dawn Marie May

    Dawn Marie May

    2 days ago

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

  • Shubham Mourya

    Shubham Mourya

    2 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

    2 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

    2 days ago

    Looks like God enjoys a donut with his coffee.

  • K Clark

    K Clark

    2 days ago

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

  • Na Sha

    Na Sha

    2 days ago

    her voice is stirring me up

  • mash made

    mash made

    2 days ago

    might be a plasmoid not a black hole

  • Phrawsty

    Phrawsty

    2 days ago

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

  • Pratheesh R

    Pratheesh R

    2 days ago

    And people still believe in god

  • Spanci0k

    Spanci0k

    2 days ago

    VERY TYPICAL FOR SCIENTISM TO WASTE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND IN THE END SHOWING A PATHETIC FAKE OF SUPPOSEDLY BLACK HOLE... DELUSION IS CONTINUING ON FULL SPEED. PEOPLE BE SMART AND DON'T BE DECEIVED. LIKE THERE IS NOTHING ELSE MORE IMPORTANT IN THIS WORLD TO PAY ATTENTION TO, CONSIDERING HOW HARD THE MAINSTREAM IS PUSHING IN TO THE MASSES THIS "PICTURE"...

  • John Doe

    John Doe

    2 days ago

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

  • Felt Is king

    Felt Is king

    2 days ago

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

  • Kayn Frost

    Kayn Frost

    2 days ago

    0:13 GTA san andreas big ear right?

  • michelhouelpdesque

    michelhouelpdesque

    2 days ago

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

  • Noob Gaming

    Noob Gaming

    2 days ago

    And here people are still thinking that earth is flat😁

  • beautiful stick

    beautiful stick

    2 days ago

    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

  • sha zsha

    sha zsha

    2 days ago

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

  • IndonesianAviationFan 561

    IndonesianAviationFan 561

    2 days ago

    You want to know why? It is a meme

  • sha zsha

    sha zsha

    2 days ago

    ITS A RIDICULARITY!

  • sam sam

    sam sam

    2 days ago

    Soooo, why is it such a huge deal?

  • PowerOf One

    PowerOf One

    2 days ago

    0:54 So Vox believes in the Masonic led hoax that man landed on the moon............. lol Earth is flat. (But only some may discover this truth.)

  • Felix Du

    Felix Du

    2 days ago

    why is no one mentioning Stephen Hawking

  • auki_ for RM/Kim Namjoon

    auki_ for RM/Kim Namjoon

    2 days ago

    thank you Katie Bouman 💞

  • Nortekman

    Nortekman

    2 days ago

    Black Holes are always being blamed for everything. What about privileged White Holes?

  • koala cousins

    koala cousins

    2 days ago

    Yellow holes aint complaining about the free jobs white holes don't see while they are arguing about black holes.

  • Bunny boy

    Bunny boy

    2 days ago

    Aren't black holes for future time travel and white holes for past time travel?

  • Simone ILMSM

    Simone ILMSM

    2 days ago

    This black hole is scary, but have you ever looked inside the brain of a trap listener?

  • ReiSEN -

    ReiSEN -

    2 days ago

    it's okay we'll see one up close when our sun goes... *anxiety kicks in*

  • LadyRokubi

    LadyRokubi

    2 days ago

    This made me tear up a bit. It's almost poetic what we can still find out working as one. Its beautiful.

  • Kawhi Leonard

    Kawhi Leonard

    2 days ago

    Serious question, can 2 black holes have the same size but not the same mass?

  • Kawhi Leonard

    Kawhi Leonard

    Day ago

    +koala cousins nice, thanks

  • koala cousins

    koala cousins

    2 days ago

    yes. but the one with less mass has a much smaller gravitational pull.

  • p lr

    p lr

    3 days ago

    What´s the geometry of a black hole? is there any representation? Tanx

  • p lr

    p lr

    2 days ago

    koala cousins ?

  • koala cousins

    koala cousins

    2 days ago

    it's impossible to know, since we can't truely see what it looks like, since their is no light to come to our eyes anyway.

  • Ed Reyes

    Ed Reyes

    3 days ago

    I wouldn't categorize this as a picture. I would say its an image enhanced by an algorithm. Job well done

  • Alek S

    Alek S

    3 days ago

    It took 53 million years for this not only to reach us but for us to develop into a species that sees it.

  • koala cousins

    koala cousins

    2 days ago

    , it only took us a couple thousand years as a species to reach this stage.

  • Kiman Rasa

    Kiman Rasa

    3 days ago

    I don't get it

  • koala cousins

    koala cousins

    2 days ago

    *clears throat*, Big telescopes on mountain tops, telescope take pieces of algorithm from black hole spot, scientist make image.

  • diamond planet

    diamond planet

    3 days ago

    Then why are you dealing it?

  • Roger Guevremont

    Roger Guevremont

    3 days ago

    Why is the photo of the black hole suspicious? The black hole and the bright region surrounding it is spherical. Radiation is emitted in every direction from all over the spherical region just outside of the black hole (event horizon). For this reason there should be no black hole in the middle of the photo. This photo has been adjusted to make it suitable for headlines "first image of a black hole"

  • Abraham Zamora

    Abraham Zamora

    3 days ago

    And on that day a meme was born and the internet thought it was good

  • Stan Marr

    Stan Marr

    3 days ago

    If this was the first picture of the "black hole", based on what,were all the previous illustrations made???????...because this picture looks a lot like the previous illustrations... I mean...if there were never ever a picture of it,how were illustrations made???... I'm confused!!!

  • koala cousins

    koala cousins

    2 days ago

    we either guessed, or we used the thing called science. I looked at a documentry and it's black hole is literally just a hole that's black. Because of the scientcy bois though we got a good guess of what a black hole would look like. but now we definitly know.

  • Bill_Loves_Softness

    Bill_Loves_Softness

    3 days ago

    I always knew it would look like this.

  • Yayo

    Yayo

    3 days ago

    Godspeed is faster than light

  • Jerome Claessen

    Jerome Claessen

    3 days ago

    Nice cgi

  • koala cousins

    koala cousins

    2 days ago

    Nice algorithm*

  • DerTommynator

    DerTommynator

    3 days ago

    I still don't understand why this picture is so important. I get that it's super hard to get a photo of a black hole, but do scientists now work with that photo, or do they now work on getting a better photo?

  • inffected 0

    inffected 0

    2 days ago

    Its important because it's concrete proof that Black Holes actually exist. Before now we didnt actually have direct evidence for them, we could tell something had to be there based off of the gravitational effects they have on everything around them and we were 99% certain they were black holes, but we had never physically SEEN one to prove it until now. This image just proves what we've known for the past 100 years as without a doubt true.

  • FrozenRoxas

    FrozenRoxas

    3 days ago

    So people compter-generated the photo from the data the telescopes picked up? Isn't that still technically a simulation / graphical representation, rather than a real photo?

  • koala cousins

    koala cousins

    2 days ago

    Isn't that what photos do? they are just graphical simulations on our cellphones or computers...

  • noonesperfect

    noonesperfect

    3 days ago

    this picture is brighter than our future

  • koala cousins

    koala cousins

    2 days ago

    this picture is our future

  • nitewolf

    nitewolf

    3 days ago

    Some people are so unbelievably smart at points that it amazes me that the complete idiots are taking over the world

  • alxk78

    alxk78

    3 days ago

    oh so they had to generate the image through data. Who knows what the hell were looking at.

  • koala cousins

    koala cousins

    2 days ago

    cellphones generate images from data... your pictures on your devices are just lines of code

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