Why this black hole photo is such a big deal

Publicerades den 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

  • 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,'

  • You want to know why? It is a meme


  • Soooo, why is it such a huge deal?

  • 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.)

  • why is no one mentioning Stephen Hawking

  • thank you Katie Bouman 💞

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • +koala cousins nice, thanks

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

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

    • koala cousins ?

    • 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.

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

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

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

  • I don't get it

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

  • Then why are you dealing it?

  • 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"

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

  • 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!!!

    • 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.